This is a sinus surgery blog, so it tends to focus on the details and news of this field. But sometimes patients come to this site looking for a more global perspective before getting into the nuts and bolts of balloon sinuplasty or septal surgery. So this week, I thought I’d take the long view with a basic question: when is sinus surgery necessary?
This article enumerates the various ailments that might result in a recommendation for sinus surgery. It includes perennial favorites such as chronic sinus infection, but also singles out some of the less common, but no-less-distressing, issues, such as nasal polyps and sinus cancer.
One particularly useful reminder describes what happens when an unchecked infection is allowed to spread:
3. Sinus infection that has spread. Typically, a sinus infection is easily treatable. But in rare cases, a sinus infection can spread to the bone. In this case, surgery is required to stop the spread of infection.
The simplest way to avoid this grisly diagnosis is to see a Los Angeles sinus surgeon if you have symptoms that persist longer than a couple weeks. To set up an appointment today, contact my sinus surgery offices.