Sinus surgery may be required for severe sinusitis. Approximately 175,000 individuals in the United States undergo sinus surgery every year. While there have been remarkable changes in sinus surgery techniques, sinus surgery remains a serious and invasive procedure. Surgery does not replace medical therapy, environmental avoidance techniques and/or allergy immunotherapy but instead is combined with these therapies. Sinus surgery should only be considered when medical therapies have failed to improve symptoms and quality of life.
Several sinus conditions may require surgery including: