Minimally Invasive Approach to Surgically Open the Sinuses Done Most often for Benign, Inflammatory Disease
Endoscopic sinus surgery, now often referred to as functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) is a minimally invasive approach to surgically open the sinuses done most often for benign, inflammatory disease. Usually there are no external incisions and all the work is done through the nostril using lighted tubes called endoscopes. The goal of the surgery is to remove structural blockages while leaving as much of the natural sinus tissue and mucosal lining unharmed. Studies have shown that patients typically do better after this kind of surgery than if much of this tissue is removed. FESS is typically undertaken for chronic and acute sinus problems that are refractory to medical therapy.
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