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Having Sinus Surgery

Sinus Infections

Together, you and your doctor will decide if sinus surgery is right for you. If it is, you will likely have one of the procedures listed here. Most are minimally invasive outpatient procedures, so usually you may be 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.

More: Ethmoidectomy

More: Maxillary antrostomy

More: Powered septoplasty with turbinoplasty

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.


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.