What is a traditional surgery for sinusitis?

Sanford Health
In the past, "traditional" surgery for chronic sinusitis meant making a hole in the sinuses using cutting or biting instruments so that the sinuses could drain more easily. Now a less invasive procedure called Balloon Sinuplasty is our first choice to be performed in the vast majority of our patients. Balloon Sinuplasty is much less invasive, has as good or better results than "traditional" surgery and can be performed either in the office or in surgery.

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If you are affected by sinusitis, you probably know where your sinuses are, lying in the bones around the nose. Sinusitis occurs when your sinuses become inflamed, sometimes after you come down with a virus or bacterial infection. ...

You might have sinusitis if you develop a fever, cough, nasal congestion, or postnasal drip at the same time. Sometimes sinusitis can make your head hurt, or make your sinuses feel sore. Some people with sinusitis also have problems with allergies. Talk to your doctor about treatment for sinusitis. Prescription and over-the-counter medications can help you with your symptoms.

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