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sinus removal surgery

do away with annoying allergies and sinus infections
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For those of us that suffer from often debilitating allergies, the only remedies are drugs. A better solution could be a surgery that removes the sinus tissues that are prone to swelling and secrete annoying amounts of mucous. While the sinus tissues do play a role in filtering out particulate matter, perhaps this role could be replaced with filters that are inserted into the sinus cavity and disposed of on a regular basis
positron, Aug 06 2001

Sinus Surgery http://www.entnet.org/spam_surgery.html
[egnor, Aug 06 2001, last modified Oct 21 2004]

Empty Nose Syndrome http://www.ent-consult.com/emptynose.html
Don't mess with Mother Nature. [rmutt, Aug 06 2001, last modified Oct 21 2004]


       Sinuses are the price we paid for 1) vertical locomotion (because the head would be too heavy otherwise), and 2) increased brain function (the greater blood-flow required improved cooling).
angel, Aug 06 2001

       Re angel's annotation   

       1) Vertical locomotion is overrated. We should investigate more efficient forms of horizontal locomotion.   

       2) Who cares about all that brain stuff?   

       I'll donate my sinus cavities to scientific research.
snarfyguy, Aug 07 2001

       I think we can assume (from mention of allergies) that [positron] is referring to the nasal sinuses, although he really should have been more specific, given that El Pedanto is lurking. For the same reason, I should clarify that 'vertical locomotion' was intended to imply 'locomotion whilst being oriented with the longest axis of the body effectively vertical'.
angel, Aug 07 2001

       I think it's safe to say that the anal cavity is a space of waste rather than a waste of space.
Guy Fox, Aug 07 2001

       "Whatchoo talkin' 'bout Willis?"
thumbwax, Aug 07 2001

       There already is a surgery for people who have chronic sinusitis. They fill your sinuses with fat from your body and then seal them off.
reizen, Aug 07 2001

       Not at all, my antipodean buddy, for it is well known that, while you regularly lurk within these portals, El Pedanto is permanently lurking, ready to pounce on the incautious and unwary.
angel, Aug 08 2001

       From rmutt's link... "If the inferior and middle turbinates are removed, the source of warming and moistening the air is gone, and then the dryness, frequent infections, crusting and local pain can result. With the absence of the mucus, cilia and enzymes, frequent infections of the sinuses can occur. This may lead to the need for further sinus surgery"   

       Lovely, you get to trade annoying allergies for a crusty collapsed septum and daily bouts of pain accompanied with sinusitis leakage into your throat.
eyeguy, Jan 27 2004

       If you do this - dont get in a plane - I warned you.
The(n)iceman, Mar 24 2004


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