Are You A Candidate For Sinus Surgery?

A countless number of people suffer from sinus issues every day; however, for a small group of these people, the problems they experience are outside the realm of normal. People with serious sinus issues have sleepless nights and painful days. If your sinus problems seem especially alarming, you might be a candidate for sinus surgery. 

Medication Doesn't Help

Sinus problems typically center around congestion. So, naturally, a decongestant is commonly the first thing people reach for when they experience discomfort. Typically, these medications help. However, when you have tried them several times with no success as well as decongestants prescribed by a physician, it might be time for a different treatment. 

Non-responsive sinus conditions typically last for an extended period, such as several months, and the patient does not experience even a subtle amount of relief after taking them regularly. Since surgery is such an invasive solution, the ENT surgeon will probably want to try several medications before they deem your condition non-responsive. 

Nose Structure Is Abnormal

For some people, the source of their sinus problems is an anatomical abnormality of the sinus. Healthy sinuses drain regularly. When they don't drain, the person becomes congested and pressure starts to build in their sinus cavity. 

If the structure of your nose somehow obstructs the sinuses' ability to drain correctly, the effect can be long-term sinus concerns. People with abnormally narrow noses sometimes have this problem. Your surgeon will decide which surgical solution is the best option for your situation, but a common solution is to widen the sinus openings to allow for better drainage. 

Sinuses Have Sinus Polyps 

Sinus polyps are painless growths that form within the lining of your sinuses. These polyps can, but don't often, occur in children. They are more common in adults because they form as a result of lingering inflammation brought about by allergies and other medical conditions. Similar to structural concerns, the polyps can prevent the sinuses from draining efficiently.

To treat the condition, a procedure, known as Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, FESS, is performed to remove the polys. This surgery is minimally invasive and is performed by inserting a small camera-equipped tube in the nose to facilitate the process. After the growths have been removed, you should notice a difference in your sinus health quickly.

If you suspect you have severe sinus issues, you need to speak with an ENT. There is no need to continue to suffer; you need to visit a medical professional as soon as possible.