When you are diagnosed with sinusitis, the first person to prescribe you treatment will most likely be your primary care physician. But if sinusitis doesn’t respond to treatment in three months, it is considered chronic sinusitis, which requires a visit from a sinus specialist.
The next step would be maximum medical therapy, which includes a long course of antibiotics, steroid medications, and sinus irrigations. If there is no relief, however, a CT scan is necessary to determine whether or not surgery will remedy the condition.
The following are reasons why sinus surgery is recommended:
- Chronic sinusitis after aggressive medical treatment
- Nasal or sinus polyps
- Sinus disease caused by a fungal infection
- Sinus infection that has spread to the bone
- Structural abnormalities of the nose or sinuses
- Cancer of the sinus
The most common surgical procedure for patients with chronic sinusitis is endoscopic sinus surgery, where a lighted tube (endoscope) is used to look directly into the nose and sinuses. During endoscopy, the surgeon can remove tissue, clear out the sinuses, and enlarge sinus openings for proper drainage. Other surgery options are balloon sinuplasty and open sinus surgery.
How Our Leading Otolaryngologist Can Help
Studies show that sinus surgery is 85% to 90% effective and patients feel little pain post-surgery. With decades of experience, Dr. Lee M. Mandel, MD, FACS has earned numerous awards and distinctions and is Board Certified by both the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He can thoroughly analyze your condition and determine exactly what you need to get rid of the problem once and for all.