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

Sinusitis sufferers–find instant relief that lasts

Office sinus dilation is a minimally invasive option that can be performed by Dr. Wall right here, in our offices. The goal of office sinus dilation is to reshape anatomy to expand sinus pathways and restore drainage. Here’s how it works:

The procedure utilizes small balloons placed in key places in the nose and sinus, which are then dilated to expand the sinus pathways. It may be an effective, lasting option for some patients whose symptoms do not resolve with medication.

The office sinus dilation procedure may not require general anesthesia, and in many cases the patient is able to resume normal activities within 24 hours.

Discuss office sinus dilation with Dr. Wall today!

Dr. Wall is a trained and experienced user of office sinus dilation technologies. Make an appointment at our Washington DC office today to determine if balloon sinus dilation is right for you.

Do you have pressure in your sinuses due to fluid buildup?

Have you been diagnosed previously with chronic sinusitis?

Now you can have your sinus drainage problems fixed without surgery!

Surgery can be painful and require extensive time for recovery, but now certain sinus problems can be addressed in an office visit.

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At Dr. Wall’s office, we see many patients who suffer from chronic or recurrent acute sinusitis for whom medical therapy fails, or only provides temporary relief. For these patients, we have developed expertise in more advanced treatment options, including the traditional, in-hospital, Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS).  This approach had been developed over the past 15 years and remains the “gold standard” for treatment of more severe forms of sinus disease.  For a subset of patients with more focused problems, the balloon dilation procedures are a proven option.

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