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Sinus Infection (cont.)

What About Sinus Surgery For Sinus Infection (Sinusitis)?

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Some people experience chronic sinusitis despite adequate therapy with antibiotics and drugs for relief of symptoms. Those that have a CT scan indicative of a sinus infection, and any complications of sinusitis may benefit from sinus surgery.

  • The surgery is usually performed endoscopically using a fiberoptic nasopharyngoscope.
  • The goal is to remove obstructive mucosal tissue, open the sinus-nasal passageway, and allow drainage of the sinuses.
  • During the surgery, nasal polyps can also be removed, and a crooked nasal septum can be straightened, leading to improved airflow.
  • Long-term nasal steroids and periodic antibiotics may still be necessary.

A continuing sinus infection may need further investigation. A culture obtained during a routine office visit or during endoscopic surgery may reveal anaerobes, a type of bacteria that grow in the absence of oxygen, which require treatment with broad-spectrum antibiotic drugs, or fungi, which require treatment with antifungal medications.

Should I Follow-up With My Doctor After a Sinus Infection (Sinusitis)?

People whose symptoms of a sinus infection do not go away despite the use of decongestants and antibiotics should follow-up with their primary care doctor or ENT specialist as soon as possible.

Last Reviewed 9/5/2017
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