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Hello. If your septum is deviated and causing obstructive symptoms in some cases severe enough, yes there is surgery that can be done that if deemed medically necessary is covered by insurance.
If your symptoms are refractory to medical treatment, then surgical treatment is considered, but that would be dependent upon their personal reviewing of your CT of the sinuses, which if not done yet would need to be done before any consideration for a surgical treatment would be discussed.
Thank you Dr. Is it a major surgery, and is there a high success?
For a simple problem such as a deviated septum as the only cause of symptoms, then yes it is fairly routine and less complicated than actually working on drainage problems from the individual sinuses themselves. However no surgery is without potential complication from both the surgery itself, anesthesia infection etc.
You would need a CT of the sinuses first though
Im told there is no polyps, i assume thats good?
for both diagnosis and possibly surgical planning protocol. But obviously that is up to your ENT. Yes that is good.
Ok thank you. I just had a particularly bad ache today and I have 2 weeks before appointment.
At this point, seeing if you can get in to an earlier appointment/cancellation may not be the worst idea.
I have tried but my doctor is on vacation
Other than over the counter seasonal allergy medication, and a humidifier, any other treatment would have to be prescription.
Should any over-the-counter pain killers work better than another for such issues? I gennerally try not to take anything but when its bad I sometimes need to
For headaches, alleve and tylenol can help with sinus headaches.
Tylenol makes a sinus formulation.
ok great thanks
Last question, would the sinus surgery be a general anesthetic
ok thanks Dr.
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