Surgical Procedures for Sinusitis
by Amy Scholten, MPH
The doctor may advise sinus surgery if a person has:
Surgical treatments include:
Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS)
This surgery uses an endoscope. An endoscope is a rigid tube with a light on one end. The tube is threaded into the nose and up into the sinus openings. This technique drains the sinuses and makes the sinus openings bigger. This lets the sinuses drain better.
Open Sinus Surgery
Open sinus surgery also makes the sinuses bigger for better drainage. It can also be used to remove infected sinus linings. This type of surgery is rarely used now. FESS is the preferred method.
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Last reviewed November 2021 by EBSCO Medical Review Board David L. Horn, MD, FACP
Last Updated: 11/17/2021
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