Debunked: The Most Common Sinus Surgery Myths

Debunked: The Most Common Sinus Surgery Myths

Sinus Surgery Myths
Do you find that you are often having difficulty breathing, and find that you are always congested? Do you find that taking medication doesn’t help alleviate your symptoms? If so, sinus surgery may be the right choice for you. Regrettably, many dismiss the idea of surgery due to the many sinus surgery myths that are present. This is unfortunate because even though the thought of surgery may be frightening, sinus surgery has helped millions breathe easier.

If you are considering sinus surgery, don’t let fear stand in your way. To help debunk some of these fables, check out some of the most common sinus surgery myths and the truth behind it.

The shape of your nose will be changed

Having a nose job is considered to be a rhinoplasty while having sinus surgery done is a form of sinuplasty, and these two procedures are not the same thing. Undergoing sinus surgery will not change the size or shape of your nose. In certain instances, there could be swelling after the procedure, which is to be expected after surgery. With your nose swollen, it may look different, but this is only temporary. Your nose should return to its regular shape once it is healed.

Recovery takes a long time

Many think that a lengthy recovery time is needed after surgery, but luckily this is usually not the case with sinus surgery. Obviously, recovery time will differ from person to person due to variables such as the type of procedure being performed and the overall health of the patient. Generally, the recovery process takes anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, depending on how invasive the operation is. However, most patients are usually finished with the recovery process within a week or two.

I had sinus surgery in the past, and it didn’t work

Some individuals may have this problem, they had sinus surgery ten years ago, but the issues eventually came back. However, today’s surgical methods have come a long way in the past ten to twenty years, and now we know that scars can form that can make someone predisposed to infection. Also, new image guidance technology helps surgeons accurately identify infected areas of the sinuses, as well as the areas that need to be corrected to help ensure proper drainage.

Your nose is packed after surgery

It’s true that packing the nose was a common occurrence during surgical procedures in the past, but luckily many of the modern surgical techniques used today require no packing. Since many of today’s surgeries involve very little loss of blood, no packing is needed. Nowadays, if post-surgery bleeding needs to be reduced, dissolving packing is typically used. This type of packing eliminates the need for painful removal because the packing slowly dissolves and is absorbed by the body.

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