Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS)
Functional endoscopic sinus surgery is a minimally invasive technique used to restore sinus function. The goal of sinus surgery is to flush out infected material, open up blocked passages, and keep enough healthy tissue so that the nose and sinuses can function normally.
How is FESS done?
The procedure can be performed under general or local anesthesia, patients usually experience minimal discomfort. In a FESS procedure, the surgeon uses a magnifying endoscope which is introduced in the nasal cavity. Endoscope facilitates better identification of the underlying disease and removes affected tissue and disease as indicated. The complication rate for this procedure is lower than that for any conventional sinus surgery.FESS is a more precise and less invasive way to open the sinuses, it is not a “cure”for sinusitis, but is helpful in managing symptoms of the chronic nature of the disease.
Who needs a FESS surgery?
- Recurrent acute or chronic infective sinusitis.
- Nasal polyps or other nasal growth
- Nasal obstruction and blockage