Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS) is a surgical approach to treating chronic sinusitis.

FESS has been an effective way to treat sinusitis for several decades and also improves the ability to manage sinusitis in the long term. 

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FESS is performed with the use of an endoscope, which is a tube with a camera and light at the end, as well as specialized tools that can fit through the endoscope. During a FESS procedure, tissue can be removed from the nasal and sinus passages, cultures of infected secretions can be obtained, a deviated septum can be repaired, and/or the sinus passages can be widened.

FESS is performed with the use of an endoscope

Did You Know?

Functional endoscopic sinus surgery allows your doctor to completely visualize the maxillary, frontal, and sphenoid sinuses in order to treat the underlying cause of your sinusitis. Despite the fact that these structures can be fully visualized, however, the procedure is still considered minimally invasive since no external incisions are needed.

Make a change, no matter the case.

You may be a candidate for FESS if you have unusual nasal anatomy that does not allow for a balloon sinuplasty, if you have already had a balloon sinuplasty that was unsuccessful, or if you have nasal polyps that need to be removed.

Functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) is ideal for treating:

  • Recurrent acute or chronic infective sinusitis
  • Allergic fungal sinusitis
  • Samter’s triad (asthma, nasal polyps, and aspirin sensitivity)
  • Chronic sinusitis with nasal polyps
  • Chronic sinusitis due to moderate or severe inhalant allergies
  • Chronic sinusitis due to Afrin abuse
  • Deviated septum

Thorough and Easy Process

Local anesthetics will be given to keep you calm and comfortable.

One of our ENT specialists will insert a tiny endoscope into your nasal passages. An endoscope is a thin plastic tube with a light and camera on the end. 

Your ENT will use this camera to direct the endoscope to the treatment area and perform the necessary treatment.

To determine if you are an ideal candidate for functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS), schedule a consultation with our ENT specialists at Anne Arundel ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery today.

Little to No Discomfort.

Depending on what is being done, you may hear some crunching sounds and/or feel mucus or blood in the back of your throat. You may also feel sinus pressure, but you should feel no discomfort.

FESS Recovery

  • Avoid blowing your nose for about 4-7 days
  • Expect to experience bloody post nasal discharge for about two weeks
  • Attend regular follow up visits so your doctor can clean the nasal passage and monitor your recovery

Overall, FESS provides an effective and minimally-invasive approach to treating chronic sinusitis with no incisions, no discomfort, and no hospitals. In as little as one appointment and a short recovery, FESS will allow you to breathe a sigh of relief without nasal congestion. 

Start managing sinustitis the right way. Contact us today.

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