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Article Home Ear Nose and Throat Disorders Sinus surgery

Sinus surgery

Sinus surgery involves removal of diseased sinus tissue to improve the drainage of the sinuses. It creates the path for the infected material to drain from the sinuses. There are various techniques which have been used. More commonly used is the endoscopic sinus surgery which results in less swelling, less bleeding and discomfort.


Sinus surgery involves re-routing of the existing sinus pathways. It is usually performed to treat chronic sinusitis, recurring sinusitis when medications are ineffective.

Types of sinus surgery:

  • Endoscopic sinus surgery: It is done using endoscope in which the doctor removes the abnormal tissues.
  • Image guided surgeries are done using CT scan along with endoscopic surgery.

  • Caldwell Luc surgery: It is done to improve the driange of maxillary sinus which is present below the eye

Risks and complications of sinus surgery

  • Failure to resolve the infections.
  • Recurrence of sine problems or polyps.
  • Bleeding.
  • Nasal discharge for long periods
  • Dryness and crusting of the nasal passages.
  • Failure to improve the sinus or nasal headaches.
  • Damage to the other organs during surgery like eyes.
  • Nasal obstruction.

  • Numbness of upper teeth, palate or faces.

When to call a doctor after sinus surgery

  • If you have excess of bleeding.
  • If you develop fever.
  • If you have severe pain, not relieved by pain medications
  • Increased swelling or redness near nose or eyes.

  • Drainage of clear fluid from the nose.

Care after sinus surgery

Increase the moisture of the nasal cavities by using mucus thinner allowing the sinuses to drain better and it helps to prevent infection.

  • Use lot saline irrigations.
  • Avoid any kind of smoke which causes sinus drying.
  • Avoid colds and flu as far as possible.
  • Avoid allerge