If you’ve had repeated bouts of hard-to-treat sinus infections, you may be considering sinus surgery. But, frankly, the prospect is a little daunting. How do you know if surgery is the best option, and when is sinus surgery right for you?
The truth is, there is no simple answer to that question—and only you can decide when surgery is the right decision. But chronic sinusitis, nasal polyps, or frequent sinus headaches may be indicators that surgery is your best option.
At the New York Sinus Center, we take sinus surgery very seriously, and will work with you to find alternate treatment solutions that may make it unnecessary. However, if it is time for surgery, rest assured that the procedure is minimally invasive, and requires no external incisions.
In fact, the sinus surgery is fairly straightforward. First we take a look inside your sinuses with a nasal endoscope—an extremely thin tube that allows us to see inside your nasal cavity and figure out where the problem areas might be. Then, a microdebrider is used to simply scrape away unhealthy tissue, leaving healthy tissue intact. This is an outpatient procedure, and healing is typically quite rapid. Nonetheless, you’ll want to plan to take a week off of work, and you may want to use a humidifier and saline nasal spray to promote healing.
We know that considering surgery can be intimidating, confusing, and downright scary. If you’re considering it, give us a call—we can talk about treatment options and answer any questions you might have.
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