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Restore Optimal
Sinus Function

Functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) is a surgical procedure that addresses chronic sinusitis and related conditions. It involves inserting an endoscope, a slender tube with a camera and light, into the nasal passages. With precise visualization, your surgeon can identify and remove blockages, polyps, and diseased tissue contributing to sinus inflammation and obstruction. FESS is renowned for its minimally invasive approach, which results in less tissue trauma, reduced pain, and faster recovery times compared to traditional sinus surgery.

Functional Endoscopic
Sinus Surgery Treats:

  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Nasal polyps
  • Sinus tumors
  • Recurrent sinus infections
  • Blocked sinus passages
  • Sinus cysts
  • Sinus headaches
  • Facial pain and pressure due to sinus issues
  • Difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste due to sinus problems

Advantages of Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery:

  • Minimally invasive procedure
  • Reduced tissue trauma
  • Faster recovery times compared to traditional sinus surgery
  • Improved visualization of the sinus cavities
  • Precise removal of diseased tissue and polyps
  • Enhanced postoperative outcomes
  • Decreased risk of complications
  • Alleviation of chronic sinus symptoms
  • Restored sinus function and drainage
  • Long-term relief for sinusitis and related conditions

Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery FAQs

Who is a candidate for functional endoscopic sinus surgery?

You may be a candidate for FESS if you have recurring sinus infections, nasal polyps, sinus tumors, or other structural issues in your sinuses that are causing symptoms like facial pain, pressure, or difficulty breathing through your nose. However, your ENT specialist will determine your candidacy for FESS after a thorough evaluation of your symptoms and medical history.

Is functional endoscopic sinus surgery painful?

While you may experience some discomfort and nasal congestion in the days following surgery, most patients report minimal pain during the procedure itself and throughout recovery. Your surgeon will provide you with pain medication to help manage any discomfort, and you will be advised to follow postoperative care instructions to promote healing.

How long does it take to recover from functional endoscopic sinus surgery?

Recovery times can vary depending on the extent of the surgery and individual factors such as overall health and adherence to postoperative care instructions. However, most patients can expect to resume normal activities within a week to ten days after surgery. You may experience some swelling, congestion, and mild discomfort during the initial recovery period, but these symptoms typically improve gradually as you heal.

Are there any risks or complications associated with functional endoscopic sinus surgery?

Like any surgical procedure, FESS carries some risks, although complications are relatively rare. Potential risks include bleeding, infection, damage to surrounding structures such as the eyes, and recurrence of sinus symptoms. However, your surgeon will take steps to minimize these risks. It’s essential to follow all pre- and postoperative instructions provided by your surgeon to reduce the likelihood of complications and promote a successful outcome.

Will I still need to use medications after Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery?

In some cases, you may still need to use medications such as nasal sprays, saline rinses, or antibiotics following FESS to manage symptoms and promote healing. However, many patients find that their reliance on medications decreases significantly after surgery as the underlying causes of their sinus issues have been addressed.

How long do the results of functional endoscopic sinus surgery last?

The results depend on factors such as the underlying cause of your sinus issues, your overall health, and your adherence to postoperative care instructions. For many, FESS can provide long-lasting relief from chronic sinus symptoms. However, in some cases, additional treatments may be necessary to maintain or further improve sinus function.

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Alaska Facial Plastic Surgery and ENT is the premier destination for functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS), led by doctors holding three combined fellowships in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, advanced head and neck oncology, and rhinology/skull base surgery. Our collaborative approach ensures the best possible outcome, and we prioritize individualized care, going the extra mile to deliver exceptional results. Take the first step towards breathing easier by scheduling your consultation today.

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