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When is surgery needed to treat sinusitis?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

Surgery is a treatment and not a cure for sinusitis.
So if you have been on previous maximal medical therapy and not responded then surgery may be an option: indicated for 4 or more sinus infections per year or evidence of chronic sinusitis affecting life-style. The indications can vary so it is important to talk with your ENT surgeon. If you feel uncomfortable - get a second opinion.

In brief: Depends

Surgery is a treatment and not a cure for sinusitis.
So if you have been on previous maximal medical therapy and not responded then surgery may be an option: indicated for 4 or more sinus infections per year or evidence of chronic sinusitis affecting life-style. The indications can vary so it is important to talk with your ENT surgeon. If you feel uncomfortable - get a second opinion.
Dr. Patrick Melder
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Dr. David Lee
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Failed medication

In general, when a sinusitis patient has been tried on maximal medical therapy, then surgery would be needed.
That said, there is some disagreement among various doctors as to what constitutes "maximal" medical therapy. In the end, treatment should be customized to the particular patient.

In brief: Failed medication

In general, when a sinusitis patient has been tried on maximal medical therapy, then surgery would be needed.
That said, there is some disagreement among various doctors as to what constitutes "maximal" medical therapy. In the end, treatment should be customized to the particular patient.
Dr. David Lee
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