Chronic Sinusitis Treatment

What is Sinusitis?

Stuffy, congested, or blocked nose & pain or pressure in the face, head, or around the eyes are common symptoms of sinusitis.  This illness, also called rhinosinusitis, occurs when viruses or bacteria infect the sinuses.  The infection causes the sinus lining to swell and block drainage.  Sinusitis becomes chronic sinusitis when it lasts for 12 weeks or longer.  It is also typically not caused by the infection but prolonged inflammation.

Do I need Surgery?

We recommend surgery only when it is needed. Other E.N.T. procedures may be recommended prior to surgery. For more information on a common solution for blocked sinuses, visit our balloon sinuplasty page.

If your chronic sinusitis cannot be controlled with medication or other treatments, surgery will be recommended. The surgery is performed endoscopically.  A tiny camera will be used and the affected area will be widened.  This allows the sinus to start draining correctly.  Once surgery is performed, other medication, such as nasal sprays, will be more effective.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the typical recovery time for sinus surgery?
It is recommended to expect at least a few days away from school or work.  You will be provided with post-operative instructions.

What results should I expect?
Some relief should be immediate upon finishing the procedure.  However, bruising and swelling may last around two weeks and may seem to slightly offset the results until they recede.

How much pain should I expect?
Mild discomfort is common with sinus surgery.  Most pain can be managed through the use of over-the-counter medication.  Any severe pain should be reported to our office immediately.