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FESS Surgery Explained: What You Need to Know

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More than 3 million people suffer from rhinosinusitis each year in the United States. The condition is caused by inflamed nasal passages and sinuses. You may have rhinosinusitis if you routinely suffer from:

  • nasal congestion
  • loss of smell
  • runny nose
  • pain in the face, sinuses, forehead, back of the eyes or ears
  • facial swelling
  • sinus pressure
  • difficulty breathing

The severity of your symptoms will determine the best treatment method for you. Common sinus treatments include:

  • saline rinses
  • pain medications
  • nasal decongestants.
  • antibiotics

Have you tried at home remedies that don’t seem to work? Do you think you need more serious treatment for your sinus problems?

If so, sinus surgery is an option. The most common sinus surgery is functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS).

Read on to learn more information about FESS surgery.

What Is FESS surgery?

FESS surgery was introduced in the 1950s to treat a variety of sinus issues. The surgery restores proper air ventilation throughout the nasal passages.

The good news? The surgery is minimally invasive. It’s also proven to reduce the chronic symptoms of sinusitis.

During the surgery, your doctor will:

  • examine your sinuses using telescopes
  • enlarge drainage pathways
  • remove any blockages

Does the thought of surgery scare you? Are you worried about going under anesthesia?

The good news is that FESS surgery is non-invasive. In fact, the surgery is incision-free! Surgery can take between 2-4 hours.

What can you expect after surgery? Read on for information about recovery.

Recovery information

Since the surgery is minimally invasive, recovery isn’t too hard. You can expect to return to work in a few days.

After surgery, your nose is packed with nasal packing. Your doctor may also give you:

  • nasal spray
  • extra packing
  • antibiotics

Post surgery visits with your doctor are needed to remove any build up. You may also need to have the nasal packaging replaced.

The most common side effects of surgery include:

  • bloody nose
  • swelling
  • painful/aching sinuses

How do you know if surgery is right for you?

Have you researched sinus surgery online? Convinced that surgery is the best option for you?

You may be right! But, it’s always best to consult a professional.

Find a local ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctor. Medical testing, such as CAT scans, are needed to determine is surgery is the best option for you.

For many patients, surgery is a last resort option. Less invasive treatment methods should be tried before considering surgery.

If you are looking for long-term relief from sinus problems, then surgery may be a viable option. This surgery has an 80 to 90 percent success rate.

Find the right doctor

Surgery is not a treatment to take lightly! You want your surgery performed by doctors who know everything about sinus issues.

The Sinus Center of Atlanta is dedicated to treating sinus and nasal conditions. We offer a panel of ENT doctors that specialize in treating:

  • nasal obstructions
  • sinusitis
  • allergic rhinitis

Tired of living with sinus problems? Ready to live a life free of decongestants and sneeze attacks? Contact us to sinus diagnosis and treatment you need!

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