Sinus Surgery for Sinusitis, Sinus Issues and Breathing problems in Melbourne, VIC
Sinus surgery refers to a medical procedure performed to address issues affecting the sinuses, which are air-filled spaces in the skull connected to the nasal passages. The purpose of sinus surgery aims to treat chronic sinusitis, nasal polyps, or other conditions that cause persistent inflammation, blockage, or infection in the sinuses.
Sinus surgery is often the next treatment option for patients who have not experienced improvement with conservative treatment of sinusitis. Conservative treatments, include; natural sinus treatment, inhalation, tea and antibiotics, as well as, nasal drops and sinus cleansing.
Am I a Suitable Candidate for Sinus Surgery?
If you suffer from any of the below you might be a suitable candidate for Sinus Surgery:
- Persistent Sinusitis leading to pressure in the forehead, nose and eyes
- Breathing issues
- Blocked ears
- Pain in the sinus area
- Continual runny nose
What are the possible outcomes of Sinus Surgery?
Sinus Surgery has many potential outcomes, including;
- Better breathing
- Reduced Sinus infections
- Enhanced Sense of Smell and Taste
- Treatment of nasal polyps
- Relief from pain
- Minimal post operative pain
- No visible scarring
It is important to understand that the actual advantages and results of sinus surgery can vary based on individual factors and the specific underlying problem being targeted. Seeking advice from a qualified specialist, such as an Otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat specialist), can offer personalised recommendations concerning the potential outcomes of sinus surgery tailored to your specific situation.
What to Expect during Sinus Surgery?
Like all invasive surgery Sinus Surgery has several risks and potential complications. These can include but are not limited to;
Anesthesia: Most sinus surgeries are performed under general anesthesia, which means you will be completely asleep and pain-free during the procedure.
Surgical Approach: The specific surgical approach depends on the type of sinus surgery being performed. There are various techniques, including endoscopic sinus surgery, which uses a thin, flexible tube with a camera (endoscope) which will identify any structural abnormalities, polyps, or blockages and remove obstructions in the sinuses.
Tissue Removal and Correction: If necessary, the surgeon will remove nasal polyps, correct structural issues like a deviated septum, and clear obstructions in the sinuses. This helps improve airflow, drainage, and overall sinus function.
Nasal Packing: In some cases, nasal packing or dissolvable packing materials may be placed inside the nasal passages to control bleeding and support healing. These are typically temporary and may be removed during a follow-up appointment.
Recovery and Observation: After the surgery you will be monitored in a recovery area until you wake up from the anesthesia. This is to ensure that you are stable and there are no immediate complications.
Risks and Complications
Like all invasive surgery Sinus Surgery has several risks and potential complications. These can include but are not limited to:
- Pain and discomfort
- Alteration in sense of smell and taste
- Double vision
- Eye haematoma
- Nasal issues
- Swelling of the eyes and eyelids
For detailed information about the risks and potential complications of Sinus Surgery please visit the risks of surgery page.
The recovery period after sinus surgery can vary depending on the extent of the procedure and individual factors. It may range from a few days to several weeks.
You may experience some pain and discomfort after surgery. Your Surgeon will prescribe pain medications or recommend over-the-counter pain relievers to help manage this discomfort.
Nasal congestion is common after sinus surgery. You may have packing materials in your nose or swelling that temporarily obstructs your nasal passages. This congestion should gradually improve over the first few days to weeks after surgery. Your surgeon will provide specific instructions, which may include saline nasal rinses to keep the nasal passages clean and moist.
Rest is important during the initial days of recovery. Avoid strenuous physical activity for two to three weeks and get plenty of rest to aid the healing process.
Attend all scheduled follow-up appointments with your surgeon. These appointments are essential to monitor your progress, address any concerns or complications, remove any packing materials if used, and assess your healing.
Cost of Sinus Surgery
The cost of sinus surgery can vary widely based on several factors, including the type of surgery, the complexity of the procedure, the geographic location of the hospital, the surgeon’s fees, anesthesia fees, and any additional costs associated with preoperative evaluation and postoperative care.
Every patient is different, therefore prices will vary. You will receive a quote after your first consultation which will include a breakdown of costs.
Sinus surgery may be covered by insurance if it is deemed medically necessary to treat a condition or if it meets the criteria outlined by your insurance provider. However, coverage may vary and prior authorisation may be required.
Further reading – Medical Resources
- Do I need surgery for sinusitis? WebMD
- Sinus Surgery and Recovery – Healthline
- 15 Endoscopic Sinus Surgery Risks, Complications & Recovery
FAQ for Sinus Surgery
How to find out if I Need Sinus Surgery?
A comprehensive review of medical history and data on the type, frequency, symptoms, as well as, hereditary predisposition to the disease is very important in determining the diagnosis. It has to be established primarily whether breathing through the nose is difficult due to a functional obstruction (swelling of the mucosa, polyps) or deformed bones and cartilage in the nose.
What are the differences between chronic and acute sinusitis?
Experts usually divide sinusitis into acute lasting less than 3 weeks, chronic, which usually lasts at least 3 to 8 weeks and can continue for months or even years, and recurrent that causes several acute seizures during the year. Sinus surgery treats mostly chronic cases of sinusitis.
I had Sinus Surgery and suddenly feel tooth pain. Is this normal?
Altered teeth sensation is something that is pretty common after Sinus Surgery. However, the symptoms usually disappear gradually in the first week after the surgery.
Is it possible to have Sinus Surgery and Cosmetic / Aesthetic Nose Correction?
Aesthetic nose surgery can include functional nose surgery and Sinus Surgery in the same procedure.
How to Book your Initial Consultation
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- A Referral from your General Practitioner (GP) or from your Medical Specialist is required (as of 1st July 2023).
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What to Bring to your Surgeon Consultation
- You are more than welcome to bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices
- Ensure you also take a lot of notes and thoroughly examine the documents provided
Dr Stephen Kleid is an experienced Ear, Nose, and Throat ENT Specialist (Otolaryngologist) based in Melbourne. He specialises in treating patients with Sino Nasal difficulties and has over 20 years of extensive experience in the field, Dr Kleid has successfully performed numerous sinus surgeries. He is dedicated to providing personalised care and expertise to his patients and he has earned a strong reputation amongst his patients and peers alike.
Dr Stephen Kleid – Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon
MBBS – Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery and Bachelor of Medicine
FRACS – Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
Dr Stephen Kleid is an experienced Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon (Otolaryngologist) based in Melbourne with a passion for Rhinoplasty, Septoplasty and a strong interest in Rhinoplasty Revision.
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