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

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Patrick Melder
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Dr. Patrick Melder
There are newer minimally invasive techniques as well that may make the decision easier... See Acclarent.com for info about balloon sinuplasty.
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