A new study by Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) says, minimally invasive endoscopic sinus surgery could significantly improve the quality of life in adults with chronic rhinosinusitis.
Chronic rhinosinusitis is a debilitating inflammation of the nasal passages that lasts for months and keeps coming back.
"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," said Dr. Timothy L. Smith, the study's principal investigator.
"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," explained OHSU patient Vlasis Albanis, 56, of Lake Oswego. "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," he added.
Chronic rhinosinusitis is characterised by chronic congestion, drainage, fatigue, headache, pain, pressure and sneezing.
In the study, the researchers wanted to evaluate how many patients with chronic rhinosinusitis experienced significant improvement in their quality of life following endoscopic surgery.
Using validated, sinusitis-specific diagnostic measurements and tools, they also hoped to be able to better predict which patients would most benefit from surgery.
A total of 302 adults with chronic rhinosinusitis were enrolled in the multi-site study between July 2004 and December 2008 and were followed for 18 months post-surgery.
The researchers found up to 76 percent of participants experienced improved quality of life after endoscopic sinus surgery, including less bodily pain and better social functioning.
The results are published in the latest issue of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery.