Can Children Have Sinus Surgery?

Can Children Have Sinus Surgery?

Since 1986, doctors have been performing endoscopic sinus surgery — a type of operation guided by a tiny camera rod — on children. With today’s medical knowledge, sinus surgery has become less invasive, for children and adults alike. Pediatric Endoscopic Sinus Surgery is a last resort for treating children’s sinus pain, but it’s an option in some cases. Our NYC sinus surgeons are here to help you determine if it’s the best option for your child.

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Common symptoms of children’s sinus problems include:

  • Coughing
  • Nasal discharge
  • Breathing trouble

A successful sinus surgery will help enlarge a child’s nasal and sinus passages, meaning they become blocked and inflamed less easily. The end goal: better sinus drainage, better airflow, less sinus infections.

If your child’s sinus symptoms have lingered for more than three months — and other, less invasive treatments haven’t helped — then your doctor might consider surgery as an option. Keep in mind, you should never feel rushed into choosing surgery.

A few facts to know, if you and your doctor opt for the surgical route:

  • Your child will be under general anesthesia during the procedure.
  • The sinus surgeon will use special tools to remove any tissue blocking the sinus passages, or to straighten the nasal septum, if needed.
  • Sinus surgery doesn’t require cutting the skin, but rather using special devices that go through the nostrils. This means removing less tissue, and a gentler procedure overall.

Every case is different regarding Pediatric Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, so give us a call if you’d like your child to have a personalized consultation. Our team of expert NYC sinus surgeons is here to give assistance and advice when you need it.


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