Frontal Sinus Surgery

What is frontal sinus surgery? 

Frontal sinus surgery or the Lothrop procedure is conducted in order to treat sinus problems such as chronic sinusitis, recurring infections, drainage issues and structural abnormalities of the frontal sinus. The frontal sinuses are the sinuses located above the eyes.

 

How does the procedure work?

During the Lothrop procedure, your surgeon will use an endoscope and specialised surgical tools to restore the drainage pathway of the frontal sinuses. Careful planning is required for each case, so you will be asked to undergo a CT scan of your sinuses prior to your sinus surgery.

 

How should I prepare for the procedure?

Frontal sinus surgery (Lothrop) is always performed under general anaesthetic in a hospital. You will be given specific instructions before your date of surgery instructing you when to stop eating/drinking and specific medication that may be needed before or after surgery. 

 

What can I expect after the surgery?

A dissolvable material is placed into the nasal cavities after the surgery to help with healing and to minimise the risk of potential bleeding. There will be no bruising around the eyes. We pay very careful attention to managing your pain after the procedure. Once at home, you will be asked to gently wash out the nose with a salt-water preparation. This helps clear the nasal passages. It normally takes 1-2 weeks to fully recover from the surgery and anaesthetic.