Is sinus surgery better than always taking steroids and antibiotics for chronic sinusitis?

Good question. This is very patient dependent and it requires an honest discussion with your ENT doctor. If you have failed maximal medical therapy, then surgery is the next best step. However you still might need to take sinus medication to control the sinus disease. Ideally surgery will decrease the need for oral antibiotics but you still might need nasal steroids.
Sinusitis. Greetings. The question you pose is very common to hear. The treatment offered depends on a lot of considerations. Is chronic sinusitis the true diagnosis? Have you been treated with maximal medical therapy? Have you been evaluated by a board certified ENT surgeon who has a great deal of experience operating on nasal and sinuses? After these questions are answered, then maybe the answer is yes.

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What is the difference between endoscopic sinus surgery and a balloon sinuplasty? (for chronic sinusitis)

Sinus Surgery. Balloon sinuplasty - minimally invasive technique, uses a small balloon inflated to widen blocked passages, generally has less bleeding and shorter recovery time. Endoscopic sinus surgery - uses a small camera to visually examined the sinuses. Tiny surgical instruments inserted to remove obstructive tissues, does not require any incision as the whole procedure is performed through the nostrils. Read more...
Sinus Surgery. Balloon sinuplasty - minimally invasive technique, uses a small balloon inflated to widen blocked passages, generally has less bleeding and shorter recovery time. Endoscopic sinus surgery - uses a small camera to visually examined the sinuses. Tiny surgical instruments inserted to remove obstructive tissues, does not require any incision as the whole procedure is performed through the nostrils. Read more...
Small difference . In balloon sinuplasty we just dilate the natural sinus openings with a balloon. There is no cutting or removal of tissue. In endoscopic sinus surgery we usually remove various blockages along the sinus openings and widen these openings so they do not block up. Balloon can really only be used in certain patients with mild chronic sinusitis, no polyps, no ethmoid sinus disease and no septal deviati. Read more...
Same except. Main difference is that the equipment used may differ. The balloon implies that you will be using a balloon catheter to open sinus passages. Read more...

Post sinus surgery (march)neurologist said MRI showed chronic sinusitis. Could headaches be a result of healing? What do you do with a retention cyst?

?retention cyst HA. You could be having a retention cyst headache. Almost 8% of the population suffers from this. It involves a soft tissue mass that remains in a sinus cavity after surgery. They are often asymptomatic but can cause headaches. You should discuss this with your neurologist. Read more...

My 3 yr old son has chronic sinusitis after seeing the crt, ENT doctor has recommended laser sinus surgery I see mixed opinions, please advise?

Wait! There are four different types of sinuses: •ethmoid sinuses & maxillary sinuses are present at birth; the frontal sinuses develop at 7 yrs old and sphenoid during adolescent. Bottom line for a 3 year old: if you have had severe repeated infections and multiple courses of antibiotics/hospitalizations-laser may be considered. If not...Wait and manage with non surgical therapy-benign neglect! Read more...
Not recommended. I don't recommend laser sinus surgery for anyone. Significant risk of scar tissue and problems with lasers in the nose. Balloon sinuplasty is recommended in kids with chronic sinusitis with or without endoscopic sinus surgery. Read more...

Put on 2 steroids and antibiotic for severe asthma/chronic sinusitis. O2 levels dropped 97 to 79 just walking. Can I drink coffee while on steroids?

Mgt. You can drink coffee, but steroid can cause GI upset. If you are having trouble walking even while on steroids, additional medication is needed. Read more...
Uncontrolled severe. Persistent asthma, is what you described, you need more rigorous treatment and follow up, you might need more meds, need to limit your activity for now and avoid all known triggers, steroids can cause gastric inflammation/irritation,you may want to have some gut prophylaxis as well (ranitidine or pantoprazole), please see your doctor again asap and keep close follow up to avoid ER /hospitalization. Read more...

I recover slowly from "cold" viruses, I also have chronic sinusitis. Cld my slow recovery from viruses and my sinusitis be caused by poor sinus drainage? I have had 2 sinus surgeries.

Slow recovery. What is your definition. It can take10-14 days for a cold to clear up.How does that fit your time table? Read more...
Need expert. The proper assessment of your sinuses can be done by an experienced otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat doctor). Your questions are valid and merit answers. Read more...
Multiple infections. Hello, i would recommend that you discuss an immune evaluation with your doctor. With the number of infections you are experiencing, i look outside the box and search for answers. A second opinion may also be helpful since you've had multiple surgeries. Finally, discuss allergy testing. Your "infections" may be allergy symptoms. I hope this helps. Read more...