What is FESS?

Functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) is a minimally invasive surgical procedure carried out for the treatment of sinus disease or infection. The procedure involves the usage of nasal endoscopes to enlarge the pathways of the paranasal sinuses. It is often suggested for the treatment of inflammatory or infectious sinus diseases that usually don’t respond to medical treatments. These conditions include nasal polyps, decompression of eye sockets, chronic rhinosinusitis, etc. If you are having sinus problems, book an appointment with one of the best ENT specialists in Gurgaon and undergo FESS at the hands of experienced doctors.

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Primary diagnosis will include general questions about your symptoms, since when you are having them, if sinusitis is genetic in your family, etc. The ENT doctor may also want to know about the previous treatments you have taken for sinusitis, if any. The ENT specialist will also ask about your medical history in order to make a detailed diagnosis and find out the cause of the condition. Your ENT doctor will also do a physical examination and check your face, ears, nose and throat for any swelling, blockage or draining. The doctor may also use an endoscope to look inside the nose. In some cases, you might be recommended to take imaging exams like a CT scan for a better diagnosis. Results from your diagnosis and imaging tests will be evaluated to decide the best treatment for your sinus problem.
If your diagnosis suggests that your sinus infection can be treated without surgery, your ENT specialist will prescribe you medications including antibiotics and nasal drops to treat the infection. The doctor will also recommend some other natural remedies or lifestyle changes to treat the condition. Surgery for sinusitis is chosen for patients with severe or chronic sinusitis that could not be treated with nonsurgical treatments. FESS surgery in Gurgaon is performed under the influence of anesthesia (local or general, depending on the preference of the patient). The procedure is done inside the nose and thus there will be no external incisions or stitches. The surgeon will use modern surgical instruments with minimally invasive technique to unblock the sinuses. During FESS, small amounts of bone and swollen lining blocking the sinuses may be removed. After your sinusitis surgery, the inflammation will settle down and your symptoms will start to get better. To know more about FESS and how this surgery can improve your life, book your consultation with the best ENT doctors for sinusitis surgery Gurgaon.
  • Bleeding or spinal fluid leak
  • Recurrence of sinus disease
  • Visual problems or even blindness is the worst-case scenario
  • Alteration in the sense of smell and taste
  • Facial pain or swelling around the eyes
  • Change in the resonance or voice quality
  • Extraocular muscle injury
  • Persistent diplopia
  • Nasolacrimal duct injury
  • Orbital hemorrhage or hematoma
  • Orbital foreign body
  • Optic nerve injury
  • Elevate your head to minimize bleeding and reduce swelling after the surgery.
  • If you have splints in your nose, keep them in place. If they get clogged, breathe through your mouth and do not remove the packing or splints.
  • Do not blow your nose for at least a week after surgery.
  • Do not lift heavy weights or perform strenuous exercises that can cause straining.
  • If you have to sneeze or cough, try doing it with an open mouth.
  • Don’t take aspirin as it can slow down the clotting process and increase the chances of excessive bleeding.
  • Visit the doctor for regular follow-ups.
  • Contact your surgeon if you experience persistent pain, bleeding, breathing issues, etc.

Frequently Asked Question

Anyone can get a sinus infection. However, individuals with nasal allergies, polyps, asthma and abnormal nose structure are at a higher risk of developing sinusitis. Also, smokers are more likely to get repeated episodes of sinus infection. If you are suffering from sinus infection, wait no more and get yourself treated by the best ENT doctors for sinusitis treatment in Gurgaon.

It is advised to not blow your nose for the first 48 hours after your sinus surgery. You can still wipe gently if you have to. Ask your ENT doctor when you can begin to gently blow your nose.
You can expect to go home the same day after your FESS surgery in Gurgaon. Some patients might be recommended to stay at the hospital for one night.
Most patients return to regular life 2 to 3 days after their sinusitis surgery. Our ENT doctors and surgeons use the most advanced and minimally invasive techniques to perform ENT surgeries, which allow the patient to return to his or her regular life including office routine and daily errands soon after the surgery. To gather more information about FESS surgery in Gurgaon, its procedure and advantages, contact us.
It is common to have a nose block after FESS surgery. You may feel that your nose is blocked and may also have some mild pain for a few weeks after the surgery. Painkillers prescribed by your ENT doctor will help reduce this pain If you develop severe headache or pain, you should contact your ENT doctor right away.
The aim of sinus surgery or FESS is to widen the passage between the sinus and the nose so that the mucus no longer gets trapped there. This would prevent sinusitis from recurring and thus the patient will get relief from chronic sinusitis.

Scar-less FESS or sinus surgery in Gurgaon

Functional endoscopic sinusitis surgery or FESS is a minimally invasive surgery performed using an endoscope. The primary objective of this surgery is to facilitate the clearing of nasal secretions and restore ventilation of sinuses. The doctor may also remove polyps from the nose, sinuses and other nasal abnormalities during FESS that may be causing significant breathing problems. With FESS, the surgeon can also operate through the nose, which will prevent any external scars. There will be no external incisions during the procedure, which makes FESS a scar-free procedure. 

Our ENT doctors will provide the highest level of care to you. Our doctors and surgeons have remarkable knowledge and expertise on treatments and surgeries related to the ear, nose and throat. If you are suffering from recurrent or chronic sinusitis that does not go away, contact us and our team will be happy to help you. We will schedule your appointment with our ENT doctors, who will provide you with the best treatment for sinusitis in Gurgaon. 

What are the signs of complications after FESS? 

After your surgery, our ENT doctor will inform you about the signs of complications after FESS that should be immediately reported back to the doctor. Complications or side effects usually do not occur after FESS but the risk should not be eliminated and you should take all necessary precautions.  If you follow your doctor’s recommendations for recovery and take good care of yourself, you will not have any problems. 

In case you experience the following complications after FESS, promptly report them to your doctor-

  • Severe headache 
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Unusual change in the mood or behavior
  • Changes in vision, including blurry or double vision
  • Stiffening neck
  • Pain in your eyes or face
  • Bruising or swelling around the eyes
  • Fever  
  • Diarrhea
  • Redness or rashes
  • Clear or watery discharge from the nose

How long will the recovery after FESS take?

Your recovery time after FESS surgery will depend on your overall health condition and the success of the surgery. Usually, patients are discharged the same day or the next day after the surgery. Most patients feel comfortable returning to office, college or school 3 to 4 days after their sinusitis surgery. Our ENT doctor will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself after your surgery and what you can do to help recovery. Feel free to contact the doctor if you notice or suspect any complications during your recovery period.  

Tips for recovery after FESS/ sinusitis surgery 

After your FESS or sinusitis surgery, it is important to take good care of your nose, sinuses and overall health to recover properly and prevent any complications. It is important that you take your medications on time and take a healthy diet. Here are some tips for recovery after FESS- 

  • Elevate your head to prevent discomfort and swelling after your surgery. The first night after FESS, elevate your head with an extra set of pillows. 
  • Avoid jogging, running, sports, gym workouts or other strenuous activities to prevent exertion and also as they may cause a risk of injury. 
  • Do not blow your nose for at least 7 days after FESS.  
  • If you have to sneeze, try it with your mouth open to prevent pressure on the nose.
  • Do not take any unprescribed medications as some medications like aspirin can slow clotting and increase bleeding. If you still need to take any medication, have a word with your ENT doctor first. 
  • Avoid bending, lifting, straining for at least a week after your surgery as doing so can increase your risk of bleeding.  
  • You should avoid swimming for at least 4 weeks after your surgery as while your nose heals, the water from the pool or lake can cause inflammation or infection.  

Your ENT doctor may ask you to return for a follow-up appointment a few days after your surgery.  If needed, our ENT doctors would also be available for an online consultation.

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