My sinusitis has come back even though I have had surgery.  Why?

There are a number of reasons that your sinusitis may return after surgery.  The most simple of these, is that sinus surgery does not prevent sinus infections, but makes them more manageable and less symptomatic.  Another reason is that there are some people whose noses make polyps and these people are not cured by sinus surgery.  Surgery is still the first step in managing the disease, but successfully controlling symptoms requires continuous medical management of the inflammation of the lining of the sinuses which ultimately results in polyps.  The third common reason is scarring that can occur that can result in sinus drainage problems.  Regardless, if your symptoms either did not improve after sinus surgery or rapidly return, it is appropriate to see someone who has advanced training in nasal and sinus disease and who has expertise in revision sinus surgery.  

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