Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS)

Sinus Surgery

Sinus surgery can dramatically improve sinus function, enabling you to breathe and feel better by:

  • Enlarging the drainage pathway to reduce the chance of infection.
  • Removing any anatomical obstruction.
  • Helping control mucus membrane disease.

Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS)

Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS) can help reduce the symptoms of chronic and recurring sinusitis by addressing inflammatory and infectious sinus disease. The goal of FESS is to widen the drainage pathways of the sinuses to help prevent the accumulation of mucus.

Sinus surgery may be necessary for individuals who have:

  • Documented rhinosinusitis
  • Nasal polyps
  • Foreign body material that needs to be removed

Using the exclusive imaging system, Fusion ENT Navigation by Medtronic, Dr. Furze performs functional endoscopic sinus surgery with incredible accuracy in combination with multi-sinus dilation systems by Entellus Medical and Acclarent, which increases patient safety and procedure precision.

If you’re interested in hearing more about how sinus surgery can help you breathe better, contact us today for an appointment!

Sinus Surgery

Commonly Asked Questions

Sinus surgery is generally performed as an outpatient procedure with the aid of general or local anesthesia. Incisions are not necessary in order to access the sinus pathways. Instead, the Fusion ENT imaging endoscope provides a view into the nose and sinuses so the pathways can be enlarged. Dr. Furze then uses the XprESS Multi-Sinus Dilation System by Entellus Medical or the Relieva Scout Multi-Sinus Dilation System by Acclarent to access the sinuses.

Immediately after the surgery, your nose will be stuffy, and you will feel some achiness, which can be managed with pain medication. In the first two days of recovery, it is normal to experience some bleeding. To reduce the chance of infection, Dr. Furze will prescribe antibiotics. For the first week, saline nasal sprays should be used to keep the nasal passages moist.

It takes about 3-4 weeks for the sinus cavity to fully heal, during which follow-up visits will be required.

Sinus surgery is typically covered by most PPO insurance and Medicare when it is causing significant medical issues, such as chronic nasal obstruction, recurrent sinus infections, sinus headaches, chronic mouth breathing/snoring, recurrent nosebleeds or various other symptoms. Our office is experienced in working with insurance companies, and we will assist you with insurance issues.