Sinusitis (Sinus Infection) Treatment
When treatment with medicine fails in people with chronic sinusitis, surgery may be the only alternative. Research studies suggest that the vast majority of people with chronic sinusitis who undergo surgery have fewer symptoms and better quality of life.
In children, problems often are eliminated by removing the adenoids, which obstruct the nasal-sinus passages.
Adults who have had allergic and infectious conditions over the years sometimes develop nasal polyps (small growths in the nose) that interfere with proper drainage. Removal of these polyps and/or repair of a deviated septum to ensure an open airway often provides considerable relief from sinus symptoms.
The most common surgery done today is functional endoscopic sinus surgery (or FESS for short), in which the natural openings from the sinuses are enlarged to allow drainage. This type of surgery is less invasive than conventional sinus surgery, and serious complications are rare.