For those suffering from the symptoms of sinusitis, surgery to open the sinus pathways is an outpatient procedure performed in an operating suite with minimal downtime.
Sinus surgery is most often performed with the patient under general anesthesia. The procedure usually lasts 1-3 hours. It is performed through the nose with an endoscope: a tool that is something like a flexible telescope with a camera at the end. Dr. Reitzen uses this endoscope to see inside the nose so that she can widen the walls of the nasal passages and safely remove the cause of the blockage. The most common surgical tool that is used to reduce blockages is a microdebrider.
Recovery from Sinus Surgery
Sinus surgery patients are generally able to return to work/school in one week, and their regular routine in about three weeks. It will take approximately two months before full recovery is reached. Sleeping with your head propped on a couple of pillows is recommended. You may experience congestion and/or crusting of the nose for a few weeks, and many patients choose to use gauze during this time. During the first few days, you may find yourself needing to freshen nasal gauze. Be sure to avoid blowing your nose during recovery, as this could cause excessive bleeding.