Sinus Surgery – I’ve had chronic sinusitis for many months (or years) and my doctor is recommending sinus surgery. Do you think it’s necessary?

That is not a question that can be answered without knowing the background and condition of the patient. The most common answer is, No! Many sufferers who had been told that they needed surgery have successfully conquered their dis-ease by following the Sinus Survival program. Also, sinus sufferers who have had sinus surgery who did not achieve the results that they were hoping for have found those results by following the Sinus Survival program.

There are instances where surgery can be quite helpful, especially in people with large nasal polyps. If your sinuses are filled with polyps or cysts that are blocking the ostia (sinus drainage ducts), then I would recommend surgery. But then to prevent them from recurring, which often occurs, begin the Sinus Survival program following the surgery.

Sinus surgery should always be considered a last resort, when all else has failed. But unfortunately, for many ENT physicians (otolaryngologists or sinus surgeons), “all else” usually refers to multiple courses of antibiotics and corticosteroids. The reason most often given to justify nasal/sinus surgery is a deviated nasal septum, the “dividing wall” between the two nostrils. The majority of people in our society have a deviated septum to some degree, but most of them do not have sinus problems. It is important to realize that if you have a deviated septum, it has been that way for most of your life; but most likely you’ve had sinus infections only in recent years. The septum is therefore not usually the cause of your problem. It is the swollen and inflamed mucous membranes covering the septum and the other sides of your nostrils (the turbinates) that are responsible for preventing your sinuses from draining. If a deviated septum is the reason given for surgery, I’d postpone the surgery and diligently follow the Sinus Survival program. An aggressive approach to treating candida/fungal sinusitis would be extremely helpful if you consider yourself a candidate. You can take the Quiz for Fungal Sinusitis to find out if candida might be contributing to your sinus condition. After treating yourself for one to two months, if your condition is unchanged (which is highly unlikely), you can then choose the surgical option, knowing that you’ve “given it your best shot.”