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About FESS

Sinusitis is an inflammation or swelling of the tissue lining the sinuses. Healthy sinuses are filled with air. But when they become blocked and filled with fluid, germs can grow and cause an infection. FESS or functional endoscopic sinusitis surgery is a minimally invasive surgical treatment that uses the nasal endoscope to enlarge the nasal drainage pathways sinuses, which will improve sinus ventilation. The surgery is used to treat inflammatory sinus diseases that don’t respond to drugs.

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Overview

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Types of sinuses:
  • Frontal sinus - Behind the forehead
  • Ethmoid sinus - Between the eyes
  • Sphenoid sinus - Under the skull base
  • Maxillary sinus - Behind the cheekbone
Risk factors for sinusitis:
  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Nasal polyps
  • Fungal infection
  • Dental infection
  • Bacterial infection
  • Deviated nasal septum
Complications of sinusitis:
  • Mastoiditis
  • Brain abscess
  • Orbital abscess
  • Orbital cellulitis
  • Cavernous sinus thrombosis
  • Frontal or maxillary osteomyelitis
Prevention from sinusitis:
  • Avoid respiratory infections
  • Be aware of your allergies
  • Avoid exposure to pollution
  • Use a humidifier
  • Avoid smoking
Why Pristyn Care?
  • Most advanced and affordable surgery
  • No Cost EMI
  • Expert surgeons
  • Free follow ups post Surgery
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Treatment

Diagnosis

An ENT doctor will diagnose acute sinusitis based on your symptoms, medical history, and a simple physical examination. The doctor will ask about your symptoms and how long they last, look into your ears, nose, and throat, and may tap or press on your face to test for tenderness over specific sinuses.

Procedure

Functional endoscopic sinus surgery is the most common surgical method to treat chronic sinus infections. In the FESS procedure, the surgeon uses the magnifying endoscope to remove the affected tissue. FESS is a minimally invasive type to open the sinuses and it helps to restore you to better health. When the procedure is finished, the temporary nasal packing will be placed in your nose, which will support the newly opened sinus passages and also absorb the excess fluid while the tissues heal.

Why Pristyn Care?

Delivering Seamless Surgical Experience in India

01.

Pristyn Care is COVID-19 safe

Your safety is taken care of by thermal screening, social distancing, sanitized clinics and hospital rooms, sterilized surgical equipment and mandatory PPE kits during surgery.

02.

Assisted Surgery Experience

A dedicated Care Coordinator assists you throughout the surgery journey from insurance paperwork, to free commute from home to hospital & back and admission-discharge process at the hospital.

03.

Medical Expertise With Technology

Our surgeons spend a lot of time with you to diagnose your condition. You are assisted in all pre-surgery medical diagnostics. We offer advanced laser and laparoscopic surgical treatment. Our procedures are USFDA approved.

04.

Post Surgery Care

We offer free follow-up consultations and instructions including dietary tips as well as exercises to every patient to ensure they have a smooth recovery to their daily routines.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is FESS?

Functional endoscopic sinus surgery or FESS refers to the minimally invasive procedure to treat chronic sinuses infections including blocked sinuses to restore normal breathing and improve sinus ventilation.

How does sinusitis occur?
  • Sinusitis can occur due to any of the following reasons –
  • Allergies
  • Nasal polyps
  • Deviated nasal septum
  • Respiratory tract infection
  • Medical conditions
How long is the recovery time for FESS or Sinus surgery?

The recovery time will depend on the overall health and which sinus surgery you are suffering from. Basically, you should plan to take rest and not visit school or work for several days after the surgery is done. The doctor will give you instructions on how to speed up the recovery.

What are the complications during FESS?

FESS is a safe surgery that restores normal breathing. However, like any other surgery, there are several complications that can occur during the surgery depending on the severity of the condition, the medical health of the patient, and the surgical expertise of the surgeon. Possible complications of FESS include –

  • Abnormal nose bleed
  • Cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) leakage
  • Infection around the surgical site
What are some diagnostic tests to determine sinusitis?
  • Imaging tests that include CT scans, X-rays, etc.
  • Tests for any existing allergies
  • Nasal endoscopy
  • Nasal and sinus discharge sample test
Can a sinus infection cause a toothache?

Yes, a sinus infection can cause dental pain. The maxillary sinus is considered to be the most common site that instigates toothaches since sinuses, teeth, and gums all share the same nerves that transmit pain signals. Moreover, inflammation due to sinus infection can put pressure on the dental nerves causing pain.

What is the most effective cure for sinusitis?

Functional endoscopic sinus surgery or FESS is considered one of the most effective procedures for the treatment of sinusitis. It is a minimally invasive procedure with almost no post-surgery scars. FESS is a very effective procedure to treat symptoms like nose blockage, facial pressure, pain, impaired breathing, or drainage caused due to sinusitis.

What is the best treatment for chronic sinusitis?

FESS is considered a very effective procedure to get instant relief from symptoms of sinusitis and improve breathing quality significantly. The surgery aims to restore sinus ventilation for improved breathing.

How long does the pain last after sinus surgery?

There may be mild to moderate pain for the first few weeks after the surgery but the patients usually feel normal within 1 to 2 months of surgery. However, it is important to visit the doctor for post-surgery consultation to ensure a smooth recovery.

Can sinusitis be cured with medication?

Several symptoms of acute sinusitis that are caused due to allergies can be managed through OTC medications. The doctor may prescribe several medications like antihistamines to treat the blocked sinuses. However, surgical procedure is the only effective method to treat chronic sinusitis.

Is FESS a painful sinus surgery?

No, FESS is not a painful surgery since it is done under local or general anesthesia. This means that the patient is asleep during the entire procedure and does not usually feel any pain. However, mild discomfort may be felt around the surgical site after the effect of anesthesia wears off.

How long does it take to recover after the FESS procedure?

Patients usually require 5-7 days before going back to work, depending on the condition of each patient. However, it may take around 2-4 weeks to recover completely from FESS. The recovery period can vary from one patient to another depending on the medical condition of the patient and how strictly they follow the Postoperative instructions.

Will I need septoplasty along with FESS for my sinus surgery?

The patients may require a septoplasty followed by FESS if the cause of sinusitis is deviated nasal septum. A deviated septum can result in chronic breathing problems including sinusitis. This is why ENT surgeons recommend septoplasty for the same type of correction.

What is the difference between sinusitis and rhinitis?

Sinusitis refers to the inflammation of the tissue lining inside the air cavities of sinuses, whereas rhinitis, on the other hand, results in swollen nostrils, which are mainly caused due to allergies.

Does FESS leave scars on the nose?

FESS involves very small incisions that are carried out through the nasal opening or nostrils and do not leave any scars on the nose.

What lifestyle changes can I make to prevent the recurrence of sinusitis?

10 tips you can follow to avoid the recurrence of sinus infections are:

  • Avoid upper respiratory infections. Do not have physical contact with people who have colds or other infections.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water frequently, especially before meals.
  • If you have allergies, then try to keep those under control and avoid contact with your allergens as much as possible.
  • Avoid contact with tobacco smoke and other air pollutants, even second-hand smoke.
  • If you feel that the air in your home is dry, then use a humidifier. Make sure that your humidifier is free of any dirt or mold by regularly cleaning it.
  • Regularly wash/irrigate your sinuses using a neti pot or other similar devices.
  • Avoid antibiotics as they may harm the natural bacterial flora that exists in the nasal cavity. If you are taking any antibiotics, then take oral probiotics to replenish this flora.
  • If you want to swim, then swim in saltwater pools instead of chlorinated pools as they are less irritating to nasal sinuses.
  • Try to maintain a healthy lifestyle to ensure you have a strong immune system that can fight all types of infections.

What happens if sinuses are not drained surgically for chronic sinusitis patients?

If left untreated, chronic sinusitis can cause serious complications.

  • Due to the close proximity, sinus infections can easily spread to the eyes and lead to redness, swelling, and reduced vision, known as orbital cellulitis. In severe cases, it may even lead to blindness.
  • If sinus infections spread to the brain, it can lead to a brain abscess or meningitis, which can be life-threatening.
  • Chronic sinusitis can cause hyposmia, or reduced sense of smell, in addition to nasal obstruction and olfactory nerve inflammation. This can eventually turn to anosmia, i.e., complete loss of sense of smell.
  • A paranasal mucocele can be formed, which can lead to the obstruction of sinus drainage.
  • Cavernous sinus thrombosis is the development of a blood clot in the cavernous sinuses and can be life-threatening.

How can I improve recovery after the FESS procedure?

Proper postoperative care is an important part of the recovery process. To improve recovery after the surgery, you should follow the given instructions:

  • Keep your head elevated using extra pillows to reduce postoperative bleeding and swelling, especially during the first 24 hours after the surgery.
  • Make sure that your nasal splint/packing material is not dislodged. You may need to breathe through your mouth if your nose feels too blocked, but you cannot remove the splint/tissue packing.
  • Though a little bleeding and drainage are common after the surgery, in case there is too much of either, contact your ENT surgeon immediately.
  • Do not cough, sneeze or blow your nose for at least a week after the surgery. If sneezing is unavoidable, try to sneeze through your mouth.
  • Do not perform any heavy lifting, strenuous exercise, or any other activity that can put a strain on your face as they can irritate the surgical site and increase bleeding.
  • Only take medicines that have been prescribed by your doctor. Medicines like aspirin slow down clotting and can cause a hemorrhage.
  • Visit your doctor for a follow-up consultation within a week of the surgery to make sure that you are healing appropriately.
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