For some, medical therapy will not provide lasting relief from the symptoms of chronic or recurrent sinusitis. And balloon sinus dilation may not be an option.

In these instances, our doctors may suggest functional endoscopic sinus surgery, or FESS. The goal of FESS, like balloon sinus dilation, is to expand the sinus drainage pathways to help restore drainage and heal the sinus mucosa.

How functional endoscopic sinus surgery works

A doctor uses an endoscope, inserted through your nostrils, to view the passageways and sinus openings, and a series of micro-cutting instruments to remove obstructive or abnormal tissue. This tissue removal expands the openings to the sinuses and the pathways through which sinuses drain, helping clear sinuses and promote healing.

Clinical benefits of functional endoscopic sinus surgery

Functional endoscopic sinus surgery show a statistically improvement in symptoms and quality of life following surgery.1

There are a number of approaches to FESS. Should you be a candidate for FESS, our doctors at [Practice Name] will discuss the option they recommend for you, as well as the risks associated with FESS.

Patient Recovery Times for FESS

Recovery times for FESS vary, based on the extent of the procedure. Many people return to normal activities within nine to ten days following surgery.2


1. Impact of functional endoscopic sinus surgery on symptoms and quality of life in chronic rhino sinusitis. Damm M, Quante G, Jungehuelsing M, Stennart E. Laryngoscope. 2002 Feb: 112(2): 310-5

2. Pain treatment and recovery after endoscopic sinus surgery. Kemppainen TP, Tuomilehto H, Kokki H, Seppa J, Nuutinen J. Laryngoscope. 2009 May-June: 321-327

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