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What are possible complications from a sphenoid sinus inf that is not clearing with antib and cortisone? Had fess 2 months ago, avoiding more surgery

What are possible complications from a sphenoid sinus inf that is not clearing with antib and cortisone? Had fess 2 months ago, avoiding more surgery

Sphenoid sinusitis: Hello, the sphenoid sinus is often times referred to as the silent sinus. It sits in the most posterior part of the nasal cavity. It may cause posterior cephalic pain in the occipital area. An infection in this area can cause more PND and cough since it is closest to the nasopharynx. The internal carotid and optic nerves are in close proximity. It's rare that these two structures are involved. ...Read more

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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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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Looking for info on sphenoid sinus disease/surgery for 8 yr old. Ped ENT observed for 1 yr & has worsened, now surgery. How rare is this procedure?

Looking for info on sphenoid sinus disease/surgery for 8 yr old. Ped ENT observed for 1 yr & has worsened, now surgery. How rare is this procedure?

It depends: Sphenoid sinus disease that causes symptoms such as headaches should be operated on if it does not respond to antibiotics. If there are no symptoms, it probably isn't necessary to do surgery unless the doctor is concerned that there is a mass in the sinus, instead of just swelling or infection. ...Read more

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How fast is recovery after sinus surgery?

How fast is recovery after sinus surgery?

Depends on type: Recovery depends a lot on what you're having done and who is doing it. Typically in my patients overnight they have some sponge in their nose, that sponge comes out the next day and they feel "better". It can usually takes a few days after that until they are up and around and then a week until I have my patients at full activity including blowing their nose and exercising. ...Read more

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How quickly is recovery after a sinus surgery?

Several weeks: Most patients can return to any level of physical activity and nose blowing at7-10 days after surgery. It takes 4-6 weeks for the nasal lining to recover its ability to clean itself so congestion, mucous, and crusting are usually gone at this point. Pain meds for the first week. Temporary headaches for the first 2-3 weeks. For rhinoplasty most bruising and swelling gone 2-3 weeks. Tender 2 mo. ...Read more

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What is the recovery for endoscopic sinus surgery and septoplasty like?

What is the recovery for endoscopic sinus surgery and septoplasty like?

About 2 to 3 weeks: Endoscopic sinus surgery associated with a septoplasty takes about 2 to 3 weeks to heal. The healing process is dependent on the extent of the pathology in your sinuses and the extent of the surgical procedure. Your sinus surgeon will have the answers to your questions. ...Read more

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I'm having sinus surgery in 3 days. All sinuses are packed, and I need some areas widened. I'm very scared, is recovery painful?

I'm having sinus surgery in 3 days. All sinuses are packed, and I need some areas widened. I'm very scared, is recovery painful?

Depends on technique: There are a variety of techniques used. GENEALLY the pain is similar to a bad bout of sinusitis to which you have likely become accustomed. This will be due to congestion and swelling shortly after surgery but should improve within 7-10 days with relief thereafter ...Read more

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What is recovery from sinus surgery like?

What is recovery from sinus surgery like?

Sinus surgery: Recovery/ reduced swelling in one to two weeks. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about sinus surgery?

What can you tell me about sinus surgery?

May vary greatly: There are many options for is us surgery taut may involve pre or intraoperative imaging mapping or imaging as well as a variety of approaches including the use of an endoscope. It is best to discuss he nature of your specific surgery of your surgery with your surgeon. In general, the goal of surgery is to provide adequate drainage. ...Read more

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What test best diagnoses a hole in sphenoid sinus?

What test best diagnoses a hole in sphenoid sinus?

Hole is normal: The best test to evaluate the sphenoid sinus is usually a ct scan. The natural drainage hole should be open and secretions should not build up. When they do they cause infection and sometimes pain. Occasionally an MRI is necessary to look for certain growths or rumors in the sphenoid sinus. ...Read more

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What are common complications during a sinus surgery?

What are common complications during a sinus surgery?

Safe surgery: When done for the right reasons for chronic sinusitis, sinus surgery is 90-95% effective at reducing symptoms. Risks are low but include: scarring, anesthetic complications, bleeding, infection, recurrent disease, pain, voice changes, reduced smell, and nasal obstruction. Extremely rare complications in skilled hands include injury to the eye/brain injury, CSF spinal fluid leak, blindness, and death. ...Read more

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What to do if I had sinus surgery today please help me?

What to do if I had sinus surgery today please help me?

Stay propped up: You can use ice on your nose for 24 hours, use afrin for bleeding, nasal saline spray, stay propped up, watch for any complication (as per your doctor instructions, namely eye complication, brain complication, severe headache etc).
Also, you can change your drip pad if you had one routinely. If too much bleeding, contact your doctor, go to ED. ...Read more

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Can I masturbate after sinus surgery?

Wouldn't recommend: After any kind of surgery, even sinus surgery, you want to avoid doing anything that will increase your blood pressure. This restriction is recommended until after you have seen your surgeon in follow-up. After your first follow up visit, your surgeon should let you know whether or not you can increase your activities. ...Read more

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Is it bad that I've smoked cigarettes after having sinus surgery?

Is it bad that I've smoked cigarettes after having sinus surgery?

Yes: Yes. The reason you had sinus surgery was to make your sinuses and your nose better. After surgery it takes a while for the sinuses and nose to function normally and part of that is for them to become self-cleaning. The way they clean themselves is with cilia and this cilia is damaged by cigarette smoke. You significantly decrease success of surgery by smoking. ...Read more

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What is endoscopic sinus surgery?

ESS is...: Using endoscopes and other instruments in the nose to enlarge narrowed sinus openings, generally with the surgical field magnified and visualized on a large screen. ...Read more

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How much is endoscopic sinus surgery?

How much is endoscopic sinus surgery?

Depends: If you are asking what it would cost to pay for the procedure in cash without insurance you have to factor in three fees. First the surgeon anywhere from 2, 000 to 30, 000 or more, then the facility 5, 000 to 50, 000 and anesthesia 1, 000 to 10, 000. New york city will be extremely expensive whereas south dakota would be much less. When paying cash make sure to shop around. ...Read more

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Is preauricular sinus surgery dangerous?

Is preauricular sinus surgery dangerous?

Preauricular Sinus: By "preauricular sinus", I presume that means you have a small hole or pit in front of your ear with a draining opening or a swelling around the opening. This is not a dangerous condition, but can be associated with occasional swelling, drainge, and occasionally, infection. The surgery to remove the sinus is usually very simple, depending upon how long the sinus tract is. See an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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When is it safe to fly post sinus surgery?

2-3 weeks: I usually tell my patients to avoid flying for 3 weeks but if out of town patients I allow them to fly as early as 2 weeks after surgery. However I recommend they take sudafed 60mg one hour before taking off. ...Read more

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What is a bilateral endoscopic sinus surgery?

What is a bilateral endoscopic sinus surgery?

ESS: Hello, the term bilateral refers to the procedure being done on both sides of your sinuses. Using an endoscope, your surgeon will open your sinuses and remove diseased tissues and bone from the sinus cavities. You should feel well informed about this procedure before you sign consent. Know exactly what your doctor plans, risks, his/her results, expectations and alternative treatments. Good luck. ...Read more

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How should a sphenoid sinus polyp be treated?

How should a sphenoid sinus polyp be treated?

Leave it alone: Usually a polyp in the sinus that isn't causing symptoms is left alone and doesn't require Rx. ...Read more

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Facial numbness after sinus surgery, what is wrong?

Facial numbness after sinus surgery, what is wrong?

Maybe transient: Not an unusual situation for small nerve branches to be numb for a brief time after facial procedures. Not uncommon to see involvement either above or below the eye, and other areas may be involved on occasion. This should all clear within 6-8 weeks postop, but contact your surgeon for further information. ...Read more

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What is bilateral functional endoscopic sinus surgery?

Sinus Surgery: It is the term for the current method of sinus surgery. Functional refers to opening up the obstructed sinuses. Endoscopic means using a 4 mm endoscopic (that is usually attached to a camera), thus it can be done all through your nostril. And bilateral means both sides. If you still have questions about what your surgeon plans to do, you should make another appt before surgery to review. ...Read more

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Is discharge and foul smell after sinus surgery normal?

Is discharge and foul smell after sinus surgery normal?

How long since surge: How long after surgery? This generally points out to an infection. Check with your doctor ...Read more

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Is it normal to still have facial numbness after sinus surgery?

Is it normal to still have facial numbness after sinus surgery?

Depends: It would depend on what kind of sinus surgery you had (open cut in your gum line or "endosinus surgery" done with flexible telescopes. It also depends on the extent of your surgery and what you had done. In general, facial numbness is not normal, and you should see your surgeon soon about this. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is it possible for endoscopic sinus surgery to be very painful?

Is it possible for endoscopic sinus surgery to be very painful?

Yes: The most painful part of the sinus surgery is actually the surgery to the septum
Ask your doctor if you are going to have septoplasty (surgery to fix your deviated septum). If yes, then it could be very painful.
Also, are you having balloon sinus surgery? If yes, this is less painful. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have discharge & foul smell after sinus surgery?

Not normal: You should see your surgeon as may have a postoperative infection. ...Read more

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Hoping you can tell me, is preauricular sinus surgery dangerous?

Clarification: Sorry but your question does not make sense.

Are you referring to excision of a congenital preauricular pit? This is a pretty simple surgery, but the infections have a small chance of recurrence. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: endoscopic sinus surgery?

What is the definition or description of: endoscopic sinus surgery?

Mininmally invasive: Endoscopic sinus surgery describes a group of surgical procedures performed using fiberoptic telescopes and other instruments through the nostrils, thus avoiding incisions. The visualization afforded by the endoscopes is far superior to older techniques. The most common indication is for those patients who suffer from chronic or recurrent sinus infections and have failed medical management. ...Read more

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Is it normal for face to look like its sunburned after sinus surgery?

Is it normal for face to look like its sunburned after sinus surgery?

Not usually: There may be some degree of swelling. But if it starts to look red as well, I would start thinking that there may be an infection starting, especially if it is tender to the touch. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Sinus Surgery (Definition)

In simplest terms, sinus surgery is defined as making openings through the nasal passages and the four, paired sinuses on each side of the nose, bigger. This may include straightening a crooked (deviated) septum, reducing the size of the nasal turbinates, and making the openings (ostia) larger, using by means of a drill with a very small bit that removes bone ...Read more