Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS)

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Who needs Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS)

Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS) is considered as of the most common surgical methods. It is done to treat chronic sinus infections. FESS procedure is performed using a magnifying endoscope to see and remove the tissues and bone that are affected. In the previous procedures, that were done before FESS was introduced, the doctors used to directly make a cut right in front of the face to check the problem. In those cases, the chances of multiple infections were open. But now it utilizes glass “telescopes” covered in stainless steel which provides illumination in the nose and sinus pathways. These tools are specifically designed to be used only for the purpose of FESS. FESS is a precise, less complicated way to open the sinuses and treat them.

The main purpose of this surgery is to clean and cure out infected material, open blocked passages, and restore healthy tissue so our nose is able to function normally.

Doctors recommend FESS surgery is to the patients who don’t find relief from chronic conditions such as sinusitis after trying all the methods. FESS is the best solution if someone is suffering from these conditions:

  • Nasal polyps
  • 4+ episodes of acute sinusitis yearly
  • Chronic sinusitis that lasts for three months or more
  • Chronic sinusitis that is not cured by antibiotics
  • Enlarged nasal glands

Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery Benefits

There are many major benefits of FESS. This procedure enables you to completely use your nose for breathing as it improves sinus. Other procedures often require to make incisions that have visible scars and a lot of nasal packing. Whereas FESS requires no incisions and going under the knife plus no scars.

If you decide to get FESS done, you’re opting for the best option for your chronic nasal condition. This surgery has many benefits which you will experience over the passing years.

Some of the advantages are:

  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Long-lasting results
  • Minimal pain
  • No outward scarring of the nose
  • Few surgical complications
  • Little post-surgical bleeding
  • Less tissue removal

Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery Recovery

The surgery procedure may take approximately 2 to 4 hours depending on the extent of surgery that is required. It is rarely required to stay overnight in the hospital. Pain tends to feel like dull achy variety and is easily catered well with the pain medication.

Recovery is faster and there are less pain and bleeding. Recovery time usually depends on our lifestyle, activity and health. Moreover, it also depends on what type of issue we had. Doctors will recommend to rest and stay away from work, school or any exposed area for only a few days. They’ll also provide instructions for the best care and quick recovery if required.

Every patient has different reactions to the pain they experience. Most patients manage sinus surgery pain with oral pain pills only. Your doctor will guide you about what to expect, based on the type of surgery you had. After effects like facial swelling or bruising are rare, but the internal side of your nose will be swollen and sore for a while. This may make breathing through your nose difficult for about two weeks but it will get better with the passing time.

Frequently Asked Questions

Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS) is considered as of the most common surgical methods. It is done to treat chronic sinus infections. The main purpose of this surgery is to clean and cure out infected material, open blocked passages, and restore healthy tissue so our nose is able to function normally.
FESS procedure is performed using a magnifying endoscope to see and remove the tissues and bone that are affected. In the previous procedures, that were done before FESS was introduced, the doctors used to directly make a cut right in front of the face to check the problem. In those cases, the chances of multiple infections were open. But now it utilizes glass “telescopes” covered in stainless steel which provides illumination in the nose and sinus pathways. These tools are specifically designed to be used only for the purpose of FESS. FESS is a precise, less complicated way to open the sinuses and treat them.
Doctors recommend FESS surgery is to the patients who don’t find relief from chronic conditions such as sinusitis after trying all the methods. FESS is the best solution if someone is suffering from these conditions: • Nasal polyps • 4+ episodes of acute sinusitis yearly • Chronic sinusitis that lasts for three months or more • Chronic sinusitis that is not cured by antibiotics • Enlarged nasal glands
• Minimally invasive surgery • Long-lasting results • Minimal pain • No outward scarring of the nose • Few surgical complications • Little post-surgical bleeding • Less tissue removal
The surgery procedure may take approximately 2 to 4 hours depending on the extent of surgery that is required. It is rarely required to stay overnight in the hospital. Pain tends to feel like dull achy variety and is easily catered well with the pain medication.
How long does a functional endoscopic sinus surgery take?
You might feel nasal and sinus pressure and pain after the surgery for the first few days.
80-90%.