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In traditional sinus surgery, an opening is made into the sinus. The opening may be made from inside the mouth or through the skin of the face. See a picture of the locations of the facial (paranasal) sinuses.
Most of these procedures require admission to a hospital.
Recovery from surgery may involve:
Traditional sinus surgery may be done if:
Traditional surgery is an effective method of treating chronic sinusitis or sinusitis that has caused complications.1
Serious risks include:
Endoscopic surgery has become the standard type of surgery done for chronic sinusitis. But traditional surgery is still the best choice in certain cases. The type of surgery you have will depend on which sinuses are affected and how severely they are damaged.1 For more information, see the topic Endoscopic Surgery for Sinusitis.
Surgical treatment of sinusitis should be considered only when more conservative approaches, such as home treatment and medications, have failed.
Last Revised: September 12, 2012
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