Complications such as meningitis could develop from the sinusitis.
How Well It Works
Traditional surgery is an effective method of treating chronic sinusitis or sinusitis that has caused complications.1
Serious risks include:
Leakage of the fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord.
Inflammation of the membrane that covers the brain (meningitis).
What To Think About
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 To learn more, 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.
Joint Council of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (2005). The diagnosis and management of sinusitis: A practice parameter update. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 116(6 Suppl): S13–S47.
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