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How bad does my sinus infection have to be before I can have surgery?

How bad does my sinus infection have to be before I can have surgery?

Lifestyle: Indications for surgery: 1) chronic infection (>3 months not responding to maximal medical therapy); 2) recurrent sinusitis (3-4 infections per year - not responding to medical therapy. Surgey may also be indicated if you are having complications related to a sinus infection. 1&2 are relative indications... If two or three infections really wipe you out... Surgery may be indicated as well. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Weisman
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Sinus (Definition)

In anatomy, a sinus is a cavity within a bone or other tissue. Most commonly found in the bones of the face and connecting with the nasal cavities. Sinus (anatomy), description of the general term paranasal sinuses, air cavities in the cranial bones, especially those near the nose, including: the maxillary sinuses, also called the maxillary antra and the largest of the ...Read more


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How long untill I start seeing improvement for persistent sinus infection I already had endioscopic surgery and the infection came back?

How long untill I start seeing improvement for persistent sinus infection I already had endioscopic surgery and the infection came back?

Ask your surgeon: The purposes of sinus surgery can be summarized in two words. Ventilation and drainage. That does not mean that you can not develop an infection in those same sinuses following a viral infection of the nose. It is impossible to really answer your question because we do not know how extensive your sinusitis or surgery was. Did you have polyps. They often recur. Check with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Can I have septoplasty, turb reduct, sinus balloon surgery while I have a sinus infection? Wbc = 15. Abx not helping.

Can I have septoplasty, turb reduct, sinus balloon surgery while I have a sinus infection? Wbc = 15. Abx not helping.

Sinuplasty: Balloon sinuplasty is indicated in the treatment of chronic sinusitis. Have you been treated for sinsusitis at all? Ask your surgeon if your diagnosis is chonric rhinosinusitis which is the only indication for balloon sinuplasty. ...Read more

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Day surgery in few days. Have sinus infection with some cough.

Day surgery in few days. Have sinus infection with some cough.

If elective: Surgery then let surgeon know. He/she will want you in the best shape possible to minimize any additional risks. ...Read more

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Could wisdom teeth surgery have damaged my sinus? I had a sinus infection for six months afterwards and reoccurring problems ever since.

Could wisdom teeth surgery have damaged my sinus? I had a sinus infection for six months afterwards and reoccurring problems ever since.

Sinus infection: A sinus infection follow a tooth extraction is certainly possible but not as likely with a third molar extraction due to the location of the tooth and proximity to the maxillary sinus. A ct scan could help determine is this is the case but the treatment for the infection would probably follow the same course either way. A ct scan and referral to an ENT would be recommended. ...Read more

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I had jaw surgery 7 wk ago. Postop complete dislocation of jaw, and chest & sinus infection. Now jaw very painful, swollen, 5cm opening & fatigued.

I had jaw surgery 7 wk ago. Postop complete dislocation of jaw, and chest & sinus infection. Now jaw very painful, swollen, 5cm opening & fatigued.

joint placement: It sounds to me as though a splint was used to register the teeth for surgery. It may have made it such that the joints were not in the proper place (glenoid fossa), and when it was removed, the joint jumped into the fossa and created the open bite. Infection likely coincidental. I was not there, so this is only conjecture based on 30 year experience. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have a sinus infection and you can hear your heart beat in your ear? I had post op surgery on 3/30 for a deviated septum and my tonsils were removed.

What does it mean when you have a sinus infection and you can hear your heart beat in your ear? I had post op surgery on 3/30 for a deviated septum and my tonsils were removed.

This : This is called autophony and can occur when there is blockage of the eustachian tube opening in the nasopharynx creating a conductive hearing loss. A sinus infection typically causes post-nasal drainage resulting in inflammation and/or swelling around the tubal opening. Plugging your ears externally will often do the same thi ng and make you more aware of internal sounds. ...Read more

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Flight attendant get sinus infection every 2 months have deviated septum sinus surgery permanent or temporay fix?

Flight attendant get sinus infection every 2 months have deviated septum sinus surgery permanent or temporay fix?

Hopefully permanent: The goal of the sinus surgery would be to cut down significantly on the number of sinus infections you get. It's not a guarantee but it should definitely help. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Griggs
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Dr. Warren Foster
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Sinusitis (Definition)

Sinusitis is inflammation of the ...Read more