I have a sinus problem that is poisoning my life. I am a veritable gold mine for my surgeon. I would like to solve this problem once and for all. Is it possible to block or remove the frontal sinuses? If so, what are the risks of this type of surgery?
Sinusitis is almost a universal problem in persons with cystic fibrosis, and is often accompanied by nasal polyps. Acute sinusitis can be treated with antibiotics, but some degree of chronic sinusitis always remains, which fortunately produces fewer symptoms. Nasal polyps are more symptomatic: they obstruct airflow in the nose and interfere with the sense of smell. Otorhinolaryngology (ENT) surgery can be performed to remove polyps. However, despite surgery and preventive treatments with cortisone sprays (Nasonex, Nasacort), polyps frequently recur and the surgery often has to be repeated. Although more complex surgical procedures can be performed, the sinuses cannot be blocked or removed.