Sinusitis and Surgery

What are Sinuses?

Sinuses are small air-filled cavities surrounding your nose and the inner and back portion of the eyes. They help in keeping your skull light and also help in humidifying the air that you breathe in from your nose.

2)Sinus Symptoms? Do I have sinus infection?

There are two kinds of sinusitis. Acute, which usually accompanies a common cold presenting as heaviness of the head and around the eyes, nose blocked with thick secretions trickling down the back of your throat and throat pain.

Chronic Sinusitis, in this type, either the infection continues for months together or keeps coming back repeatedly.

3)Do I need antibiotics every time I get a sinus infection?

Not necessarily, depending upon the severity of the symptoms the ENT Surgeon may advise antibiotics. In most of the chronic cases, a course of Nasal steroid sprays or nasal washes for a few weeks may help resolve the symptoms.

4) Does a deviated nasal septum contribute towards Sinusitis?

In most of the cases, yes! It also depends upon the severity of the deviation and associated increase in the size of fleshy masses in the nose called turbinates. Nasal Allergies are also responsible.

5) What investigations do I require?

Once the ENT Surgeon has made the diagnosis; a CT scan is usually advised. It is usually advised when the patient is asymptomatic or has undergone a prolonged course of medications. An urgency of a CT Scan is indicated when there are concerns of complications associated with the infection.

6) What is an Endoscopic Sinus Surgery?

It is a minimally invasive surgery done through the nose without any cuts or scars from outside. Fine endoscopes attached to cameras are used to open up the sinus openings to help the sinuses drain properly.

 7) Does Sinus Surgery work?

Sinus surgery is very successful in improving quality of life for some patients. The notion that sinus surgery is ineffective is one of the most common myths you might hear. It is important for those considering sinus surgery to understand what the surgery is going to address, whether it is improving nasal breathing or removing blockage of the sinuses.

Sinus surgery can’t cure all problems that affect the nose, such as allergies, and surgery is most successful when included as part of a full treatment plan that often includes continued medical therapy after surgery. Many people think that surgery will completely stop them from getting sick, but infections happen from exposure to a virus or bacteria, so no surgical procedure will be able to eliminate that. A common cold or a viral URI can still attack even if a patient has undergone sinus surgery.