Allergist Ft. Lauderdale

What is a Sinus and Why Would it Need Surgery?

What is a Sinus?

This time of year, we hear a lot about allergies, sinuses, and, of course, sinus infections. Sinuses are the small cavities located inside a person’s skull around the eyes and nose and front of the face (yeah, you are full of holes). They make the skull lighter and produce mucus. This mucus is both gross and important because it moisturizes nasal passages and provides a protective layer to keep out dirt, pollutants and infections organisms. Mucus is moved through the sinus passages and out the nose with the help of fine, hair-like cells called cilia.

When everything is working efficiently, all of these processes happen without much concern to yourself. As a leading sinus & allergy care provider in South Florida, we know that everything does not always work efficient. When people suffer recurrent sinus infections or have abnormal sinus growths, sinus pathways can become blocked and proper drainage doesn’t occur. When this happens, many sufferers consider Broward sinus surgery.

What is Sinus Surgery?

Basically, sinus surgery is a procedure to reopen blocked pathways. Physicians will usually attempt non-invasive treatments before considering surgery, but don’t let that scare you! Sinus surgery is widely considered a brief and minimally-invasive procedure. It can normally be performed quickly and with few complications, with recovery usually taking only a few days.

The goal of sinus surgery is to remove whatever is blocking the drainage pathways of the sinuses. This can include mucus membranes, polyps, tumors, pieces of bone, or even swollen or damaged tissue.

Is Sinus Surgery for You?

If you suffer from chronic sinus infections or sinusitis, you could benefit from sinus surgery. Sinusitis is the swelling of the sinuses or passages that can cause stuffy nose, facial pressure, thick drainage, cough, congestion, headaches, and even hearing issues.

Additionally, people who have nasal polyps can be good candidates for Broward sinus surgery. Nasal polyps are teardrop-shaped swellings of the nasal lining that can cause breathing issues, headaches, sleep apnea, snoring, affect sense of smell, and often blocked sinuses. Polyps often lead to infection and sinusitis.

Sinus Surgery Process & Recovery

There are several options for sinus surgery. Most are minimally-invasive, utilizing micro-telescopes and surgical instruments passed through the nostrils to reach the openings of the sinuses. After surgery, nasal passages are packed with sterile gauze to control bleeding. Since the surgery enters the sinuses through the nostril, there is no incision. No incision means…no scars!

Length of sinus surgery recovery depends on how extensive the procedure is, as well as patient factors including age and general health. Since it is a minimally-invasive surgery, most individuals experience minimal discomfort and few if any side effects. Often times, patients go home the same day.

Physicians often prescribe mild pain medication, saline rinses, steroids and antibiotics for their surgical patients. Most patients have reported feeling minimal if any side effects, including mild discomfort and fatigue, congestion and small amounts of bleeding.

Think you could be a candidate for this procedure? Want to learn more? If you have questions regarding sinus or allergy issues, contact our office at (954)-760-7836 or use our contact form. We welcome your questions and are ready with answers.