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Surgical-Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS)

  • What is Surgical-Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS)?

    Parkway East, Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS)

    Functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) is a minimally invasive procedure used to visualise, diagnose and treat sinus problems. An ENT (ears, nose and throat) specialist will gently insert a small instrument, called an endoscope, into your nostril to examine the area to be operated on, then use specialised tools to restore drainage and ventilation between your nose and your sinuses.

    Your sinuses are hollow cavities in your skull that can fill up with mucus, and become inflamed and swollen. This swelling blocks the flow of the mucus and results in sinusitis. If your sinusitis does not improve with traditional medical therapies like antibiotics, nasal sprays or medication, your ENT specialist may advise you to take a CT scan to evaluate your condition and decide whether you should undergo FESS.

  • Open sinus procedures often require facial incisions (cuts made on the face) resulting in visible scars and the need for nasal packing. With FESS, your surgeon can have a better view within your nose and sinuses so surgery is almost always done completely through the nostrils, leaving no visible signs and minimal scarring. This means that you will experience less post-operative pain and bleeding, leading to faster recovery. FESS also reduces the need for nasal packing, allowing you to breathe normally through your nose with minimal discomfort.

  • At Mount Elizabeth Hospitals, we are committed to giving you comprehensive care. Our multidisciplinary team of surgeons, nurses and therapists are here to guide you through the entire treatment and recovery process.

    Patients can benefit from Mount Elizabeth Hospitals’ advanced equipment and facilities. Minimally invasive techniques reduce trauma and scarring while improving success rates and recovery speed, while computer-aided robotic surgery allows for added precision during surgical procedures.

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