Sinus surgery is not for everyone, nor is it the appropriate response to every long-term sinus issue. Many sinus symptoms resolve by themselves over time; others can be treated medically with antibiotics, corticosteroids or something else.
Indeed, sinus surgery is for extreme cases where patients still haven’t achieved relief after all other strategies have been exhausted. These cases can include issues of anatomical deformity such as a deviated septum, as well as advanced sinus infections which no longer respond well to drugs. Sinus surgery can also help with issues related to obstructive sleep apnea, nasal polyps, and sinus cancer.
How do you know if you need sinus surgery? The best strategy is to speak with an expert in the field who can evaluate your symptoms and history, and lay out the various options for your consideration. Sinus surgery is safer than it used to be, especially with the very latest endoscopic and minimally invasive techniques. But every procedure carries risks, so don’t be afraid to ask questions and consider every viable alternative before you commit.
The sinus surgeons of the Los Angeles Sinus Institute offer good communication and a holistic approach to our patients’ health and quality of life. If you have any questions at all about whether sinus surgery is right for you, please don’t hesitate to contact us.