Functional endoscopic sinus surgery, also known as FESS or the FESS procedure, is a type of sinus surgery that corrects structural abnormalities within the nose that can lead to chronic sinusitis and related breathing problems.
It is performed using a small camera called an endoscope that enables the ENT doctor to complete the FESS surgery using detailed image guidance. In most cases, the surgical procedure is performed entirely through the nostrils, leaving no external scars. There is little swelling and only mild discomfort.
The advantage of the procedure is that the surgery is less extensive, there is often less removal of normal tissues, and can frequently be performed on an outpatient basis.
Who is a FESS candidate?
You may be a candidate for the FESS procedure if you have one or more of the following:
- Chronic sinusitis that lasts for 12 weeks or more
- Chronic sinusitis that has not responded to medications and other conservative therapies
- A history of 4 or more cases of acute sinusitis in one year
- A deviated septum
- Nasal polyps
- Enlarged nasal turbinate (turbinate hypertrophy)
Other Sinus Procedures
There are several surgical sinus procedures available. These include:
Your doctor can advise which sinus surgery is best for you based upon your symptoms and unique condition.
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