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Sinus Surgery for Sinusitis

Surgery Overview

In traditional sinus surgery, an opening is made into the sinus. The opening may be made from inside the mouth or through the skin of the face.

  • There are a number of possible approaches depending on the location of the infected sinus and what the doctor prefers.
  • Working through the incision, the doctor can remove tissue that is blocking the sinus and preventing drainage.
  • More extensive procedures may involve leaving a temporary opening to help drain the infection.

This type of sinus surgery is rarely done anymore. Most people will have an endoscopic sinus surgery first, to help relieve their symptoms.

Why It Is Done

Traditional sinus surgery may be done if:

  • You have had several endoscopic surgeries and are still having symptoms.
  • There is a sinus tumor that needs to be removed.
  • Your doctor thinks it's necessary because of your sinus structure and symptoms.

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Current as of: September 27, 2023

Author: Healthwise Staff
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