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FESS Surgery in Patna

FESS, or Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, is a minimally invasive surgery in which the surgeon uses nasal endoscopes to increase the size of the nasal drainage pathways of the paranasal sinuses to improve sinus ventilation. It is the most effective treatment for sinusitis.
Sinusitis is the inflammation of the tissue lining of the sinuses. Healthy sinuses are pneumatic, i.e., they are filled with air and responsible for humidifying and warming the inspired air. On the other hand, if sinuses are infected, they are filled with mucus and bacteria, which causes nasal congestion,  inflammation, etc., which makes breathing difficult.
When sinuses are too congested and are not responding to medicines, then surgical intervention becomes necessary to drain the sinuses and make breathing easier. If you have severe sinusitis and want to get long-term relief from your symptoms, book an appointment with the best ENT specialists in Patna for sinusitis treatment near you.



Benefits of sinus surgery for sinusitis

Long-term relief from chronic sinus infections

Reduce the number of sinus infections

Relief from sinus headaches and breathing problems (due to airway obstruction)

Relief from obstructive sleep apnea

Better sense of smell for chronic sinusitis patients

Benefits of FESS

Minimally invasive surgery

Long-lasting results

Minimal pain

No scarring on the nose or face

Few surgical complications

Quick recovery

Minimal post-surgical bleeding

Recovery time and cost of sinus surgery at Pristyn care

FESS surgery cost: Rs. 45,000 to Rs. 70,000

Hospitalization: Same/next day discharge

Resume work: 4-5 days

Complete recovery: 2-3 weeks

Facts about sinus surgery

FESS is 80-90% effective in providing long-term relief from sinusitis.

Turbinate surgery or septoplasty may be needed with FESS for relief.

Sinus surgeries are covered under insurance.

There is only minimal post-operative pain and bleeding after FESS.

There are no external effects of sinus surgery on the face.

Sinus surgery is completely painless.

Risks of delaying sinusitis treatment

Reduced or Complete Loss of the Sense of Smell

Difficulty Breathing

Inflammation of your Voice Box, aka Larynx

Eye infections leading to redness, swelling, reduced vision, and blindness

Brain infections like meningitis, brain abscess, etc.

Sinusitis Treatment - Diagnosis and Procedure

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Diagnostic procedures required for sinusitis treatment

One of the most important criteria for diagnosing sinusitis is a medical history and physical examination. Your doctor will collect a detailed medical history, along with your symptoms, their severity, duration, recurrence, etc., to determine whether you have acute or chronic sinusitis.

Other diagnostic tests that help diagnose the presence and severity of sinusitis are:

  • Imaging tests: CTs and MRIs help examine the details of the sinuses and the nasal area for inflammation, nasal polyps, tumors, infection, etc. 
  • Endoscopy: A diagnostic endoscopy involves the insertion of a long thin, flexible fiber-optic light to visualize the sinuses for the diagnosis of nasal problems like deviated nasal septum, nasal polyps, nasal tumors, etc.
  • Allergy test: In addition to infection, another condition that may be triggering recurrent sinusitis is an allergy. A skin allergy test is a safe, quick and easy way to detect if there is an allergen behind the patient’s condition.
  • Tissue swab/culture: Tissue cultures are very important for the diagnosis and treatment of sinusitis. They help determine the causing bacteria/fungi responsible for sinusitis so that appropriate medication can be prescribed.

Treatments for chronic sinusitis in Patna

  • Medical management: Based on the results of the diagnostic tests, your ENT doctor will prescribe you medicines to help manage and reduce your symptoms. Different medicines that can help sinusitis patients are nasal corticosteroids, nasal sprays, oral or injected corticosteroids, allergy medications, antibiotics, antifungals, etc.
  • Surgery: Functional endoscopic sinus surgery, or FESS surgery, is a common and effective treatment for chronic sinus infections. It is a minimally invasive procedure in which the surgeon uses a magnifying endoscope to remove the infected tissues in the sinuses. The main goals of FESS surgery are to flush out the infected material and open block air passages in the nose while preserving enough healthy tissue so that sinuses can function normally.

In contrast to conventional surgery, FESS is less invasive and promises better recovery with minimal scarring. It is usually performed under local anesthesia. The surgical instruments are inserted through the nose to preserve aesthetic appearance. The infected sinuses are located, drained and then washed using a saline solution. After all the infected tissue is removed, the incisions are closed.

If you are suffering from either acute or chronic sinusitis, you should consult the best ENT specialist near you for appropriate treatment. Pristyn Care is aligned with the best ENT doctors in Patna to provide the best treatment to all patients.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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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 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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