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aftee having sinus surgery, how many sinus infections until i need a second sugery?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
Unknown: The typical # of infections i see before i recommend surgery for some with recurrent acute sinusitis is about 3-4/year. If you've already had surgery... It could be 3-4 or more depending on tolerance/ desire to have further surgery and if there are residual area that can be opened. I usually recommend allergy testing before a second surgery to make sure any possible underlying issues are addressed.
Dr. Robert Knox
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 37 years experience
Failed Sinus Surgery: Sinus surgery generally does not "cure" sinus disease unless the problem is an anatomic blockage only. Most patients who suffer from repeated sinus symptoms also have chronic inflammation of the nasal and sinus passages. In patients with persistent symptoms after surgery, best to evaluate for allergies and explore for chronic irritants. Treat the symptoms is the best suggestion. See your ENT doc.

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