Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery for Nasal and Skull Base Diseases


Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS) has become one of the most indicated otolaryngology surgeries. It is now the most recommended treatment for people who have become resistant to other pharmacological treatments for sinonasal diseases.

What happens during the FESS procedure?

FESS is a procedure in which the ENT surgeon utilizes a magnifying endoscope to look at the affected tissues and bone and further to remove the same. Prior to the FESS, ENT surgeons use to directly cut alongside the face to remove the sinuses which are associated with enhanced risk of infections as well as recovery time. FESS, on the other hand, is a less painful technique, to open the sinuses and remove the infected material to restore optimal health.

The overall goal of the surgery is to

  • remove the material causing infections
  • open up nasal passages that are blocked
  • restore nasal health so that nose and sinuses may function in a normal manner

What is the recovery time of FESS?

The recovery time of FESS is based on the overall health and the type of sinus surgery conducted:

  • Ethmoidectomy
  • Powdered septoplasty with turbinoplasty
  • Maxillary antrostomy

Following FESS, the patient may require a small break from school or work for a few days. One must follow the instructions of his/her surgeon on how to care in the best way to shorten the recovery time.

How much pain can be expected with the FESS procedure?

Some amount of pain can be expected but it can be easily managed with the oral painkillers

  • Swelling or bruising of the face is less common
  • Some amount of swelling, as well as soreness in the nose, can be expected
  • Breathing could be challenging for a few days

Overall advantages of FESS

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of chronic sinusitis and would like to find more about the FESS, make an appointment today at DR. RAM ENT Allergy and Vertigo Clinic

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