Do I Need Sinus Surgery?
Your sinuses dictate much about your daily comfort. If your breathing process is in any way disrupted or painful, it can affect everything you do, from the most demanding tasks to the most mundane. Often patients who experience this kind of difficulty longer than a few weeks come to me wondering if a medical solution might help resolve their problem. More specifically, they share a common question: do I need sinus surgery?
If you have been wondering whether you might be a good candidate for sinus surgery, it is important to ask a few questions first. Do you tend to have sinus problems that persist for several months, even after a given cold or flu has passed? Do you get sinus headaches often, identifiable by the telltale pressure in your forehead or face? Are you a frequent sufferer of sinus infections? Is your resting respiration labored or uncomfortable?
If you answered “yes” to any one of these questions, that is a good indication that surgery might help relieve your symptoms. Persistent sinus problems generally suggest an issue with the shape, function, or bacterial load of your sinuses, and often such problems cannot be resolved with medicines alone. Physicians give these issues clinical names like “chronic sinusitis” and “bacterial sinusitis,” but for most people the experience is quite simply miserable: ongoing pressure and pain that interferes with their ability to function on a daily basis.
If you have already tried other measures such as steroid sprays or broad spectrum antibiotics without success, it is time to speak with an expert on sinus surgery about the next step in your care. Depending on your needs, you could experience extraordinary relief within a matter of weeks from a procedure such as turbinate reduction surgery or endoscopic sinus surgery.