OHSU LogoSeveral people suffering from chronic sinusitis may be relieved reading this article. Chronic rhinosinusitis is said to be an incapacitating inflammation of the nasal passages that stays for many months and recurs several times. Adults with this problem apparently account for considerably better quality of life after minimally invasive endoscopic sinus surgery. At least this is what a study from Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) claims.

Approximately 30 million Americans suffer from persistent congestion, drainage, fatigue, headache, pain, pressure and sneezing from chronic rhinosinusitis every year. They appear to experience a lower standard of life as compared to patients having congestive heart failure, angina, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or back pain. Typical sinusitis treatments like decongestants, pain relievers, heating pads, saline sprays and vaporizers, frequently may not be of any assistance. Consequently, around 5,00,000 surgical procedures are conducted yearly in an effort to offer some measure of relief.

Timothy L. Smith, M.D., M.P.H., the study’s principal investigator, professor of otolaryngology/head and neck surgery in the OHSU School of Medicine and director of the Oregon Sinus Center at OHSU, commented, “This study demonstrates the real-world benefits of endoscopic sinus surgery for patients with chronic sinusitis. We now know that most patients who have this surgery experience an important and significant improvement in quality of life.”

OHSU patient Vlasis Albanis, 56, of Lake Oswego, quoted, “For about eight years I had chronic sinus infections, facial pain and headaches. We’re talking really bad. I would be floored. I would lie on the couch and take antibiotics until the infection went away. Two months later, I’d do the same thing again. My wife and kids would tell you that I was irritable and down and out. The surgery totally made a difference in my quality of life. I have had no repeated infections or sinus pain.”

In this study, Smith and colleagues wanted to asses as to how many patients suffering from chronic rhinosinusitis underwent noteworthy development in their standard of life post endoscopic surgery. By means of validated, sinusitis-specific analytic measurements and tools, the study authors apparently anticipated to foresee which patients could gain a lot from the surgery.

A sum of 302 adults suffering from chronic rhinosinusitis appeared to be enlisted in the multi-site study between July 2004 and December 2008. Apparently they were trailed for around 18 months after surgery. Moreover, the experts seemed to discover that up to 76 percent of the subjects experienced enhanced standard of life post endoscopic sinus surgery, counting less physical pain and superior social performance.

Even though preceding study appear to display that patients experiencing endoscopic sinus surgery had enhanced quality of life post surgery. Those studies were apparently restricted to patient history as opposed to current condition and did not track patients into the future post-surgery. Past studies supposedly also did not use high-tech, sinusitis-specific quality of life measurements and tools, and appeared to be mainly single-institution outcomes with restricted sample sizes.

Endoscopic sinus surgery comprises of placing an endoscope, a thin lighted tube that enables physicians to observe the openings to the sinuses, and surgical instruments into the nose to get rid of irregular or disruptive tissues. Since the surgery may not call for a cut, it is said to be frequently conducted on an outpatient basis, so nearly everyone can return home the same day.

The findings of the study were published in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.