ANCHOR LEAD: THE GOAL OF SINUS SURGERY MUST BE CLEARLY IDENTIFIED, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
The majority of people who have sinus surgery do benefit, a recent study concludes, so people with chronic sinus problems can feel confident if they choose this option. Andrew Lane, a sinus surgeon at Johns Hopkins, says careful and thorough examination determines which patients are most likely to be helped.
LANE: What sinus surgery does is it opens up the sinus passages and allows them to drain more effectively. The surgery really only makes sense to do in people when they have symptoms such as obstruction, drainage and that sort of thing. And you can see evidence that this is being caused by some impairment of their sinus outflow. The bottom line is that many people will have symptoms that seem consistent with sinusitis, and it’s up to the physician to sort out which ones does it seem to be symptoms that would be caused by a problem that would be addressed by sinus surgery. :31
Studies such as CT and endoscopic examination may be necessary. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.