Imagine walking around with intense nasal pressure. With a constant stuffy nose or even bad breath. Millions of sinusitis sufferers deal with similar symptoms yearly. When antibiotics and nasal drips fail, could a simple surgical be the option?
Time to FESS up
In specific cases like chronic rhinosinusitis, Otolaryngologist performs surgery to clear up sinuses. A popular and effective surgical procedure is Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery or FESS. Surgeons use a small endoscope in the nose to get a detailed view of sinus damage. Next, the surgeon uses small tools to clear the sinus of infections, nasal polyps, and even tumors. The surgery is minimally invasive and an outpatient procedure. Candidates selected for FESS should know 3 things before the procedure.
1. Smoking harms FESS surgery
For the surgery to be a success, patients must prepare. An essential factor of an unseccesful surgery is smoking. A study by Massachusetts Eye and Ear revealed smokers experience worse sinus symptoms than non-smokers. Smoking also reverses the effectiveness of FESS surgery. Even second-hand smoke impact sinuses. Smoking must stop a few weeks before and after surgery to experience improved sinus function.
2. FESS is not a cure
Despite the success of the surgery, FESS may not cure sinusitis. The procedure treats conditions medicine is unable to fix. Patients still need a medicine regimen to manage flare-ups. But after FESS surgery, flare-ups reduce significantly. From time to time, surgeons do a second procedure. So expect FESS to help, but not completely remove sinus troubles.
3. Know the risks involved
With a 90% success rate since the 1950s, FESS surgery is a safe method to relieve chronic rhinosinusitis. However small, FESS surgery poses possible risks. For example, a chance of infection at the surgery site, bleeding, numbness or swelling. The biggest risk of FESS is a decreased sense of smell after surgery. Despite the low odds, patients should still know the risks beforehand.
Trust FESS surgery to help
Doctors first try non-surgical methods to treat chronic sinusitis. If unsucessful, then FESS surgery is the safest surgical solution. If a surgeon recommends FESS, knowing the facts can put patients at ease. More importantly, FESS can make breathing easy again.