In years past, individuals who were suffering from chronic sinus issues had to rely on traditional methods such as antibiotics and nasal sprays to alleviate their symptoms. Sinus surgeries were complicated procedures that were only considered as a last resort when the person’s health was at stake.
Today, patients have many more options. There are numerous procedures available that are minimally invasive, which can provide a lasting solution to chronic sinus problems. One such procedure is called functional endoscopic sinus surgery, also known as FESS. In this blog, the experienced ENT specialists at DFW Sinus Select will explain this procedure and describe who may be a good candidate for it.
What is the FESS procedure?
The FESS procedure is a sinus surgery that may be recommended after traditional treatments for chronic sinus issues fail. It is often used to correct abnormalities within the nasal and sinus cavities that may be causing an obstruction and preventing normal mucus drainage.
Am I a candidate for FESS?
FESS is often resorted to when chronic sinus problems are caused by things such as:
- A deviated septum – A condition in which the center of the nose is crooked (either since birth or due to injury), resulting in nasal obstruction and sinus problems
- Nasal polyps – Small growths of skin that are not cancerous, but can block the normal drainage of mucus if they grow large enough
- Anatomical deviations – Deviations such as a narrow sinus passage, which may be caused by bone or tissue that blocks sinus drainage
If traditional methods fail to eliminate the chronic issues with your sinuses, your ENT doctor may recommend this endoscopic sinus procedure to address the source of the problem and fix it once and for all.
How does the FESS procedure work?
FESS is typically performed on an outpatient basis. The procedure involves inserting an endoscope (a small tube with a camera on the end of it) into the nostrils and up through the nasal passages in order to examine the sinus openings and any problem areas up close with great detail. Next, specialized medical instruments will be inserted to carefully and precisely remove or correct any tissue or bony structures that are causing obstruction.
Once the procedure is finished, everything is removed from your nostril. No external cuts or stitches are needed because all of the work is done internally. In most cases, patients are able to resume normal activities within several days. After proper healing, the sinus openings will be enlarged and free from blockage, effectively restoring sinus drainage and preventing future problems.
What are the advantages of the FESS procedure?
The FESS procedure has a number of advantages, including:
- No external cutting
- No scarring
- Quick recovery
- Long-lasting relief from chronic sinusitis
- Improved breathing function
Where can I find a doctor to perform the FESS procedure in the Dallas/Fort Worth area?
The specialists at DFW Sinus Select have extensive training and experience in relieving sinus issues. The first step to getting relief is to contact DFW Sinus Select and set up an initial consultation to see if our Dallas/Fort Worth ENT physicians believe that the FESS procedure is right for you.
Get started now by filling out the appointment request form on this page or by contacting one of our ten practice locations.