Sinus Surgery

What is Sinus Surgery?

Sinusitis can present with episodic infection and headache. It can be more severe presenting with chronic sinusitis, nasal obstruction and potentially more serious complications which may involve the eye and the brain. Often patients have lived with sinus and nose complaints for many years and this is unfortunate as invariably treatment is simple, safe and straight forward and radically improves the patient's quality of life.

The Surgical Procedure

Sinus and nose surgery has evolved significantly in recent years and now it is a simple safe and well tolerated procedure that enjoys a low side effect profile. Usually sinus surgery is performed through the nostrils with no scarring or bruising for the patient. Deviated bones are straightened (Septoplasty) and sinus openings are improved so that the sinuses can drain adequately and this also significantly decreases the chance of further infections (Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery/FESS).

Sometimes allergic tissue is reduced to improve nasal airway (Turbinate reduction) and occasionally we team sinus surgery and nose surgery with other procedures such as cosmetic Rhinoplasty, or anti-snoring surgery (UPPP).

What to Expect After Surgery

Following sinus surgery patients usually remain in hospital for 24 hours. Sometimes light packing is used inside the nose. About 1 week off work is usually adequate. It is not a painful or difficult recovery. Patients feel some congestion, like they have a head cold and occasionally there is a small amount of bleeding. The improved nasal airway kicks in at about 1 week and the patient usually attends Dr. Mooney's clinic several times in the post-op period to ensure that our planned excellent outcome has been achieved.

If you would like to talk further with our patient coordinator about this procedure please use our Online Inquiry Form or please call (02) 9389 4497.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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