What are the benefits of surgery?

The goal of sinus surgery is to improve the drainage pathway of the sinuses.  By opening the natural drainage pathway of the diseased sinus, the frequency, duration and severity of infections should be reduced.

It should be emphasized that surgery is not a cure for sinusitis but is one of the steps in managing your disease.  Although there are patients who have mechanical obstruction due to their particular anatomy, many patients have an intrinsic problem with the lining (mucous membrane) of their nose.  While the first group of patients will receive the maximal benefit from surgery (i.e. fixing the plumbing problem), the benefit for patients with mucous membrane disease is also tangible.  It is important to note, however, that if you are one of the patients who have diseased mucous membrane (i.e. form polyps) no amount of surgery can change this fact.  So although surgery plays a role in managing the disease, it is rarely, if ever a cure.

However, one of the most important benefits of surgery is the ability to deliver medications (sprays/nebulized drugs) to lining of your sinuses after they have been opened.  Therefore, surgery is an adjunct to, not a replacement for, proper medical management.

* Note: The information contained in these pages is for educational purposes only. It should not be construed as individualized diagnostic and treatment advice.