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A 23-year-old female asked:

Suffering from chronic sinusitis since 3-4 years. only one nostril is blocked while sleeping.used every type of nasal spray. doc says its b/l inferior turbinate hypertrophy and suggests that i might need smd surgery, can it return even after surgery?

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Dr. Anderson Tsai
Internal Medicine 9 years experience
Yes, it may return. It really depends on if the hypertrophy plays a more significant role than another possible cause of the sinusitis, such as allergy. If it's more of a structural issue, then surgery may help. But if it's more likely due to another cause, then the surgery may not help.
Dr. Brian Novick
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
I understand how difficult those symptoms are for you. I presume you have tried daily nasal rinses/Netipot? Be sure fully tested for allergies. If they are found, treat those before considering surgery. I am not a surgeon, but if allergies are not involved, many of my patients find many years of relief after a procedure. But your surgeon should be able to give you their estimates. Good luck
Dr. Clarence Grim
Endocrinology 57 years experience
You should ask the surgeon as they will know how to make a prediction in patients like you that they have operated on in the past.

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