If medical treatment for sinusitis fails or if there is a nasal obstruction that cannot be corrected with medication, sinus surgery may be necessary.

The surgeons at MKENT will customize a surgical treatment best suited for the patient based on the severity of the sinus disease. Surgery can usually all be performed through the nose itself.

Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS) can help the surgeon look directly into the nose to remove diseased tissue and polyps and clear the narrow channels between the sinuses. A local or general anesthesia will be necessary.

Prior to surgery

Your surgeon will discuss the possible risks and benefits of the procedure and ensure you are aware of realistic results, recovery time and postoperative care. This is your opportunity to ask any questions and understand the procedure. The best results require teamwork, good surgical techniques and the cooperation of the patient throughout the healing process. Following pre- and post-operative directions is imperative.

After the operation

Results may not be immediate. It may take 12 weeks or longer before the sinus cavity heals. Following surgery, endoscopes may be used to monitor healing, to keep the nose clean and to prevent recurring obstructions. Patients with chronic sinus problems who are hypersensitive to air pollution or with allergies may require ongoing medical care.