Sinus surgery can provide some relief for patients with allergic rhinitis but medical treatment must be continued to ensure symptoms do not recur.
Monica, a 45-year-old patient, has suffered from allergic rhinitis throughout her life. About 12 years ago she underwent functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) to improve drainage and assist her breathing and she was very happy with the result. However, she now presents to your practice complaining that she has been unable to breathe through her nose for some time now because of tissue swelling, rather than a build up of mucus. She has seen her original ENT surgeon but he told her that further surgery is unlikely to relieve her symptoms. She has tried many different nasal sprays and routines but says none of them help her. She is frustrated and feels there must be something that can be done to assist her.