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Getting Sinus Surgery

Together, you and your doctor will decide if sinus surgery is right for you. If it is, you’ll likely have one of the procedures listed here. All are minimally invasive outpatient procedures, so usually you go home the same day. When you do, you can expect to breathe more freely and you should have fewer sinus infections.

Surgery to treat a chronic sinus infection is usually performed if medical treatment hasn’t worked. If you and your doctor decide that surgery is the best option, you may have one of these common procedures.

Sinus Surgery Options

If your ethmoid sinuses are causing your sinusitis, then an ethmoidectomy may be the surgery you need.

Pressure and pain under your eyes and behind your cheek bones may mean that your sinus infection is in your maxillary sinuses. A maxillary antrostomy may be the treatment for your condition.

If your sinus infections are caused by blockage from a deviated septum and enlarged turbinates, then you may need a powered septoplasty with turbinoplasty.

As part of your sinus surgery for chronic sinus infections, your doctor may also use the Hydrodebrider® System at the end of the procedure. This special device delivers a powered spray to “wash out” your sinuses, helping to remove the bacteria associated with chronic sinus infections. Laboratory research shows that the Hydrodebrider treatment offers better removal of bacteria than traditional saline rinses.1

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Questions and Answers

Here are answers to some of the questions frequently asked about sinus surgery. Be sure to write down any questions or concerns you have and bring them to your next doctor's appointment.
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References

  1. Desrosiers M, Myntti M, James G. Methods for removing bacterial biofilms: in vitro study using clinical chronic rhinosinusitis specimens. Am J Rhinol 2007; 21(5):527-32.

Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.

Last updated: 5 Apr 2011

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