Sinus surgery is a procedure that aims to open the pathways of the sinuses and clear blockages. This is an option for people with ongoing and recurrent sinus infections, for people with abnormal sinus structure, or abnormal growths in the sinus.
A doctor will often attempt other treatments and procedures before resorting to surgery. If these don’t work, surgery may be carried out.
Reasons for sinus surgery
The goal of the surgery is to remove whatever is blocking the drainage pathways of the sinuses. This may include removing:
- Thin pieces of bone
- Mucous membranes
- Nasal polyps
- Swollen or damaged tissue
- Tumors or growths blocking the nasal or sinus passage