Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS)
FESS Sinus Diagram
Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS)
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Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS)

In the 1980's a technique for performing sinus surgery was introduced in Europe. In contrast to the traditional methods for performing sinus surgery which sometimes required external incisions and painful sinus packing, the newer technique was completely intranasal and targeted only the areas of the sinus that were "functional" in its drainage.

Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS) is performed through the nose by using small telescopes called endoscopes to visualize critical sinus drainage areas and specialized instruments to enlarge them. During the mid-1990’s, the use of "powered" instruments (microdebriders) replaced the small cutting instruments used to enlarge sinus openings in the early days of FESS.

The microdebrider has a small blade that rotates back and forth, similar to those used by orthopaedic surgeons to perform arthroscopic joint surgery. The oscillating blade of the microdebrider "shaves" off obstructive tissue and bone, with minimal effect to the surrounding tissue. The use of the microdebrider reduces operative time, reducing patient pain and recovery time after. Because blood loss is minimal with the microdebrider technique, sinus packing is almost never necessary. Dr. Schumann Jr. has been performing FESS since it's introduction to the US in the early 1990’s and has helped hundreds of patients suffering from sinusitis with this advanced technique.

To learn more about FESS visit: The Sinus Info Center.

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