Who we are
The Center for Sinus Surgery at Boston Children's Hospital is equipped to handle all types of sinus problems in children from newborn to age 19. Our experience spans over 20 years of endoscopic sinus procedures, treating all kinds of sinus issues from simple infections to complex anatomical anomalies and tumors. We have the most advanced equipment available.
Endoscopic sinus surgery is a common procedure at our center. The purpose of endoscopic sinus surgery is to open the passages of the sinuses, allowing for proper drainage to the nose. It is called an endoscopic procedure because the physician uses an endoscope (a small, flexible tube with a light and a camera lens at the end) to view the inside of your child's nose. Small incisions or cuts are made to allow the scope to pass. The cuts are usually made inside of the nose. Your physician may create new passages or open existing ones by removing polyps, cysts or thickened mucous membranes.
Children's treats both acute and chronic sinusitis. If your child has acute sinusitis, you will notice fever, facial pain, and often a runny nose (for at least 7 to 10 days.) This type of sinus infection usually occurs together with the common cold and responds well to antibiotics.
Chronic treatments (painless sinusitis)
If your child has chronic sinusitis, she might not feel any pain or fever. In fact, fever is usually quite uncommon. She'll likely experience facial fullness, stuffiness, or pain behind the eyes. This type of sinusitis sometimes requires surgery.