Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS)

Functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) was developed about 25 years ago. It removes or corrects diseased pieces of sinus tissue, allowing mucous to drain normally. A surgeon inserts small, rigid telescopes (also called endoscopes) into the nose uses fine instruments to open the sinuses.

FESS has many advantages over older open-sinus procedures. Newer technology improves the ability to see within the nose and sinuses. Since FESS is done completely through the nostrils, there are no visible post-surgery signs. Patients recover quicker and experience less postoperative pain and bleeding. Uncomfortable nasal packing becomes less necessary in FESS as well.

Other Available Treatments

Prior to undergoing FESS, patients should consult their physicians to make sure that all reasonable medical options have been exhausted.

Numerous medications have been used to treat sinusitis. These include antibiotics, prescription medication as well as hundreds of over-the-counter treatments. Nasal saline irrigations and sprays can provide additional relief.

Nasal decongestant sprays can help improve nasal congestion but should not be used for longer than three days. Also, people with the following conditions should consult their physician before using oral or topical decongestants:

  • High blood pressure
  • Glaucoma
  • Urinary Retentions
  • Heart disease
  • Heartbeat irregularities

For more information about treatment options for sinus and nasal disorders, contact SWIENT.