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. See a picture of the locations of the
facial (paranasal) sinuses.
There are a number of possible approaches
depending on the location of the infected sinus and what the doctor
Working through the incision, the doctor can remove tissue
that is blocking the sinus and preventing drainage.
procedures may involve leaving a temporary opening to help drain the
Most of these procedures require admission to a
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Traditional surgery is an effective
method of treating chronic sinusitis or sinusitis that has caused
Serious risks include:
Leakage of the
fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord.
Inflammation of the
membrane that covers the brain
What To Think About
Endoscopic surgery has become the
standard type of surgery done for chronic sinusitis. But traditional surgery is
still the best choice in certain cases. The type of surgery you have will
depend on which sinuses are affected and how severely they are damaged.1 For more information, see Endoscopic surgery for
Surgical treatment of sinusitis should be considered
only when more conservative approaches, such as home treatment and medications,