Sinus Surgery


Sinuses are cavities inside a person’s skull that are positioned around the eyes and nose, particularly within the front of the face. They are lined with cilia, hair-like cells that are very fine. They are thin because they help drain mucus through the sinuses’ passages and out into the nose.

These cavities help make the skull lighter. They also moisten the nasal passages by producing mucus. The mucus acts as a viscous protective layer to aid in keeping out foreign contaminants and particles like pollutants, dirt, and contagious organisms.

Sinus surgery is an operation whose purpose is to clear the pathways of the sinuses and unclog blockages. This kind of surgery can be performed with little discomfort. It is a brief process that only has few complications.

For incessant and recurrent sinus infections this is the best option for most patients. Most patients with abnormal sinus structure or abnormal growths in the sinus often resort to this operation. A doctor will usually try other treatments and procedures first before resorting to surgery. If these doesn’t produce results, surgery will be the last resort.

Reasons for Sinus Surgery

Sinusitis is an infection in the nasal passages which can cause headaches, pressure, and overall congestion. It is sometimes called a sinus infection.

The surgery’s aim is to remove whatever is blocking the sinuses’ drainage pathways. This may include removing some thin pieces of bone, swollen or damaged tissue, tumors or growths blocking the nasal or sinus passage, prevalent mucous membranes, nasal polyps.

A patient may require sinus surgery to successfully treat a number of issues. Common reasons include sinusitis and nasal polyps. A person suffering from with sinusitis may have the following symptoms:

  • pressure around the nose, eyes, or forehead
  • thick and discolored nasal drainage
  • excessive cough
  • allergies
  • bad-tasting post-nasal drip
  • clogged ears and hearing changes
  • a deviated septum
  • head congestion and headaches

 After Surgery

Nasal packing is often administered after the surgery takes place. It is the insertion of sterile gauze-like material into the nasal passage whose purpose is to control bleeding.

Use of packing depends on the type of surgery performed which is absorbable by the body and will dissolve over time. If the packing is non-absorbable, a doctor will have to manually remove it.

Factors like age and status play a role in the patient’s recovery duration, as well as how the surgery was performed. Were there complications? Fortunately, many people experience discomfort after a sinus surgery. Most patients even leave the hospital on the same day after the operation.

Depending on the degree of the surgery, a person may be given prescription pain medication during recovery. After the operation, it’s common to experience:

  • mild discomfort
  • fatigue
  • nasal congestion
  • small amounts of bleeding

The use of saline rinses, steroids, and antibiotics are common medications prescribed by your doctor after your procedure.

Always closely follow your doctor’s guidelines for aftercare and take all medications as prescribed to avoid side-effects. Patients may have to make changes in their lifestyle for the first 2 weeks after surgery.

Dr. Kanwar Kelley is located at Orinda California and if you need Sinus Surgery, don’t hesitate to make an appointment (925) 254-6710. He is an experienced physician in many illnesses who can guide your health in the right direction.