Functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) is an operation designed to improve nasal functioning while being as minimally invasive as possible. It is performed using an endoscope, which is a flexible tube fitted to a small camera and light that allows the surgeon to see easily inside the nose.
FESS eliminates the need for external incisions on the face or in the mouth. There is often less removal of normal tissue, and the surgery can frequently be performed on an outpatient basis. Another difference is that FESS focuses on treating the underlying cause of the sinus problem instead of merely treating symptoms.
FESS widens the sinus openings to help relieve inflammation. When the sinuses are inflamed, the moist lining swells, making it difficult for the sinuses to drain, and infections can develop. FESS removes some of the thin bony walls of the sinuses, creating larger openings and relieving the pressure.
At the Raleigh Capitol Sinus & Allergy Center, our experienced surgeons will discuss treatment options with you after a thorough examination and help you decide which treatment option is best for you.
All of our physicians are affiliated with Raleigh Capitol Ear, Nose & Throat.
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