Unfortunately, there are many people out there dealing with chronic or severe sinus infections that aren’t responding to medications and other treatment options. When this happens, you may be wondering, “What’s next?” Here at North Texas Ear Nose & Throat, we see many patients in our office who are dealing with recurring or chronic sinusitis symptoms. The facial pressure, swelling, nasal congestion, and headaches are just too much and medications just aren’t cutting it. In this case, it may be time to consider sinus surgery.
Do you have chronic sinusitis?
While acute forms of sinusitis, or a sinus infection, can often be managed through lifestyle modifications, rest, and over-the-counter medications, managing chronic sinusitis is a little different. In order to be diagnosed with chronic sinusitis, you must experience these symptoms for at least 12 weeks:
- Thick nasal discharge
- Runny nose
- Nasal inflammation
- Postnasal drainage
- Stuffy nose
- Trouble breathing through the nose
- Pain and tenderness around the eyes and nose
- Changes in smell and taste
- Sore throat
- Referred pain in the upper teeth
- Ear pain
What causes chronic sinusitis?
There are many reasons people deal with chronic sinusitis, but the most common ones include:
- Deviated septum
- Nasal polyps
- Upper respiratory infections
- A weakened immune system due to certain medical conditions (e.g. HIV)
When should I see a doctor?
If you’ve been dealing with recurring or persistent sinusitis that lasts more than 10 days, keeps coming back, or isn’t improved after the treatments we’ve offered, it’s time to schedule an appointment with us. We will always provide patients with the most conservative treatment options in the very beginning before deciding whether more aggressive treatments are needed.
When should I consider surgery?
This is something that Dr. Metts and his team would be happy to discuss during your next appointment. While sinus surgery is typically the last resort, it doesn’t mean that it can’t provide you with the relief you’re looking for. Sinus surgery may be recommended if your symptoms are severe or unresponsive to nonsurgical treatment options. Also, if you have structural abnormalities such as nasal polyps, the only way to remove or correct these problems is through surgery.
What surgical options are available to me?
Here at North Texas Ear Nose & Throat, we believe that our patients should have the very latest and least invasive surgical procedures available. This is why we offer endoscopic and minimally invasive surgeries, as well as in-office balloon sinuplasty, to address all of our patient’s needs. Our surgical techniques ensure that you get the relief you need from your chronic sinusitis with shorter downtime, speedier recovery, and fewer post-procedural side effects.