New research from the University of Wisconsin in Madison reports that 85% of patients who underwent functional nasal surgery had at least partial improvement in their headaches (Plast Reconstr Surg. 2018;142:1583-1592). They concluded that the use of nasal surgery to relieve obstructed breathing is a viable treatment option in appropriately selected patients with chronic headache.
The investigators conducted a systematic research review and identified 39 studies reporting on 1,577 patients who underwent functional nasal surgery for treatment of headaches due to mucosal contact points. The most common procedures were surgery to address a deviated septum or excess sinus tissue. Approximately half of the studies included endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS).
The data suggested that functional nasal surgery was highly effective in reducing or eliminating chronic headache symptoms. Nearly 48% of patients reported that their headaches were alleviated after surgery, while another 37% saw improvement in headache severity or frequency. Only 15% percent reported no change.| | | Next → | Single Page