Frontal sinusitis and its treatment remain controversial. Although several authors have evaluated the results of traditional endoscopic sinus surgery, few have assessed patient outcomes and quality of life after osteoplastic frontal sinus obliteration. This retrospective study evaluates these outcomes in a postoperative review and questionnaire of 39 patients treated at the University of Washington from 1991 to 1994. Most patients were satisfied with the results of this procedure, had significant improvements in their Chronic Sinusitis Survey scores, and reported decreased clinic visits and antibiotic use. However, approximately half thought nonsurgical treatments were more effective and continued to require other medical therapy; 30% required additional surgical intervention. Such outcomes may reflect the ineffectiveness of frontal sinus obliteration to treat the chronic symptoms of patients affected by the refractory underlying disease process of chronic sinusitis; however, despite these mixed results, we found a significant decrease in annual days of lost work or activity in this study group after osteoplastic obliteration.
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