HELP FROM SINUS SURGERY
ANCHOR LEAD: SINUS SURGERY REALLY DOES HELP, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
People who have chronic sinus infections and the range of symptoms that attend them are often very difficult to treat, with even surgery sometimes not seeming to help. But now a study of folks who’ve undergone surgery for sinus blockage establishes that the majority of people do benefit. Andrew Lane, a sinus surgeon at Johns Hopkins, comments.
LANE: One of the findings in the paper is that patients who have their first surgery tend to have a higher success rate than patients having second or third or fourth surgery, which probably relates to the fact that people having a second, third or fourth surgery are probably having it because they have more complicated disease to begin and maybe disease that’s more resistant to sinus surgery in general. So when you have a patient who’s had surgery and they come in and they’re considering should they have sinus surgery or not this is good evidence that they will have some improvement in their symptoms after sinus surgery. :29
Lane says the key is careful evaluation prior to surgery to establish the cause of the problem. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.