Sinusitis treatment

What is sinusitis?

Sinusitis is a common condition where the lining of the sinuses becomes inflamed. It is caused by a viral or bacterial infection and can result in high temperature, facial tenderness and a blocked nose. It can take two forms:

Acute - Develops following a cold or flu and clears up within one or two months
Chronic - Symptoms remain for more than 12 weeks

What does treatment involve?

Your GP may give you antibiotics or steroid sprays, but if the symptoms remain after these treatments then functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) may be recommended. This is a common operation performed under general anaesthetic where an endoscope is used to improve the functioning of your sinuses.

When will I recover?

The operation is performed on an outpatient basis and patients should be discharged a few hours after the surgery, providing there is a friend or relative to transport them home. Patients will then need to rest for up to a week, depending on the severity of their sinusitis.

What risks should I know about?

The procedure carries the general risks associated with surgery under general anaesthetic, such as infection, DVT, nerve damage and continued pain. Breathing through your nose may also be difficult for around two weeks.