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SINUSITIS AND SINUS SURGERY

About sinuses

The sinuses are a combination of large and small air cells within the face. They are connected to the inside of the nose through small channels called ostia. They help to optimise the temperature and humidity of the air reaching the lungs. The sinuses can become affected due to a variety of reasons. The symptoms usually associated are nasal obstruction, facial congestion, headaches, nasal catarrh, and reduced sense of smell.

Treatment of sinusitis

In most cases sinusitis can be managed with medications. If conservative treatment fails then surgery may be advised.

Surgical treatment of sinusitis

In the last 20 years there has been a great improvement in the surgical treatment by employing the principle of minimally invasive surgery. The goal is to preserve as much normal lining of the nose and sinuses as possible, which is achievable thanks to the use mainly of endoscopes. The aim is to allow normal ventilation and drainage of the affected sinuses by removing diseased tissue and opening up the natural pathways which are blocked.

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