What is endoscopic sinus surgery?

Sometimes abbreviated ESS or FESS (Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery), this procedure opens the sinuses and allows them to drain.  The surgeon uses an “endoscope” to see into the nose and sinuses, similar to the one we may have used in the office.  Specialized instruments are used in conjunction with the endoscopes to perform the procedure.

Most people have four sinuses on each side of their face, for a total of eight sinuses.  These are the maxillary, ethmoid, sphenoid and frontal sinuses.  The maxillary sinuses are in you cheek, the ethmoids are between your eyes, the sphenoid is in almost the exact center of your head and the frontal sinuses are in your forehead.  It is possible that you may not have all of these sinuses, or they have already been opened by previous procedures. 

Sinusitis may affect some or all of these sinuses.  Based on your symptoms, endoscopic exam and CT scan we will determine which sinuses need to be opened.  Occasionally during surgery it may determined that additional sinuses may need to be opened.

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