Did you know that it is not uncommon for people to have sinus surgery up to 5 times?
Although surgery is sold as a chronic sinusitis treatment, research has revealed that it often doesn’t work. All you need to do is trawl the internet and you will find a lot of people who say that surgery did not help their problem with sinus infection; in fact, in some cases it made them worse.
So, why is surgery so commonly sold as a treatment for chronic sinus infection? The answer is simple: acute sinusitis is a painful condition and people who suffer it are prepared to do anything to get rid of the pain. This is compounded by the fact that a lot of the treatments that are in the market for sinus infection just don’t work; they may work for a short time and then stop having any effect at all. Sinus pain is unique and rather tortuous;
It starts in the upper part of the nostrils due to an infection there are then spreads up, making the eyeballs throb and causing severe headache which can often feel like a migraine. The pain is even worse if you try to bend, and it can continue on for days. So because most people have been unable to cure their problem any other way, they resort to surgery for acute sinusitis treatment. Here are reasons why this is not often the most viable option:
1. Sinuses tend to block again after just a few months.
Sinuses come as a result of inflammation in the sinus area. Operating to remove this infected and often crusty layer leaves an open wound which needs to heal. The only way for this to happen would be for scar tissue to form. This means that although you got rid of the original blockage, you have made way for a new one to occur. This new blockage, the scar tissue, causes just as much pain and breathing problems as the initial one or even worse. People who have resorted to surgery for sinusitis treatment will often follow that up with multiple treatments to remove scars, each one creating room for more blockage to grow.
2. Surgeries can have side effects.
At the very least, chronic sinusitis treatment through surgery exposes you to both brain damage and eye nerve damage. The eyes and the brain are separated by very thin and brittle bones. Even a little pressure can cause his bone to break. This exposes the brain to infection, but you can also have it the other way where you may get fluid leaking from the brain into the sinus area. It’s the same for the eye; a small puncture can lead to bleeding and even blindness, although rare, has been reported.
3. A Sinus Surgery is expensive.
Surgery to treat acute sinusitis is expensive. Depending on the hospital you use, the doctor, your duration for healing and any complications that you may encounter, you will pay thousands of dollars. There are known remedies and treatments that are cheap and that have proven effective. Home remedies like apple cider vinegar have been known to reduce sinus inflammation and reduce sinusitis related pain.
4. Anesthesia risk.
As with any surgery, the fact that you will be put under is a risk. People react differently to anesthesia and there are known cases where the complications arise not during the surgery but before it even begins due to the anesthetic.
5. It takes time to heal.
If you have a job or a family and you cannot afford to be of your feet for a long time, you may find that surgery as a chronic sinusitis treatment may not be the best option for you. It takes a minimum of a month just to reduce the swelling in the tissues, and even long after that people experience nose bleeds.