A look at practice patterns over recent years shows that even as the prevalence of chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) has remained essentially stable, the number of sinus surgeries has dipped a bit.
Explore this issue:April 2019
In 2011, there were 1,384 patients with CRS per 100,000 people up to 65 years of age, according to a study published in 2017 (Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2017 Jun;7:600–608). By 2014, there were 1,514 CRS patients per 100,000. But, over the same period, the number of sinus surgeries has remained relatively flat—at 64 per 100,000 in 2011; 68 in 2012; 71 in 2013; and back down to 65 per 100,000 in 2014, according to the same 2017 study.
Data like these raise the question: Is sinus surgery, slowly but surely, on the way out?