Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

F.E.S.S. is surgery performed on one’s sinuses with small telescopes (endoscopes). These endoscopes allow direct visualization of the diseased area(s) and thus removal of the disease, while maintaining the normal function and anatomy of the nose. Thus the title F.E.S.S..

Read below for more information on F.E.S.S.:

  • Indications of F.E.S.S.
  • Candidates for F.E.S.S.
  • Where is the Surgery Performed?
  • Surgical Risks Involved






Conditions, Causes and Treatment

Indications of F.E.S.S.

Anyone suffering from the following symptoms may be a candidate for F.E.S.S.:

  • Chronic sinusitis problems which have failed to respond to medical management.
  • Nasal polyps.
  • Facial pain or feeling of fullness around the eyes.
  • Difficulty breathing through the nose.
  • Decrease in and/or loss of smell.
  • Persistent bad odor in the nose.
  • Postnasal drip.
  • Swelling around the eyes.



Candidates for F.E.S.S.

Any person who has the above symptoms and who have undergone a thorough workup, including:

  • Complete history and physical
  • Possible office endoscopic evaluation of the nose
  • X-ray evaluation of the sinuses.


Where is the Surgery?

F.E.S.S. is performed at one or the local hospital facilities or one of the outpatient surgical facilities. It can be done under general anesthesia (preferred by most patients) or local anesthesia with I.V. sedation.