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Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS) for Sleep Apnea & Snoring

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What is endoscopic sinus surgery?

Functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) is an outpatient sleep apnea procedure that involves inserting a small fiberoptic telescope (endoscope) into the sinus openings and  removing small amounts of bone and/or tissue that is blocking the nasal passages. The FESS procedure restores the natural drainage pathways in the nose and relieves the pain and pressure associated with chronic sinusitis (inflammation of the sinus lining). The surgery is generally done in an outpatient surgery center under general anesthesia.

Before recommending FESS surgery, eos sleep doctors will typically treat nasal conditions with antibiotics or oral steroids, depending on the patient’s symptoms.

Why is endoscopic sinus surgery performed?

FESS sinus surgery is performed to treat the following:

  • Sinusitis
  • Nasal polyps
  • Chronic nasal congestion
  • Sinus-related snoring and sleep apnea

What does endoscopic sinus surgery involve?

Endoscopic sinus surgery involves an ENT sleep doctor using an endoscope, or a thin fiberoptic telescope with a light at the end, to see into the sinus passages and magnify the areas where drainage pathways and airflow are blocked. Using specialized surgical instruments, the doctor will safely remove tissue such as nasal polyps, or when necessary, small amounts of bone. As a result, previously blocked nasal passages are opened and normal sinus drainage and function are restored. Since the surgery is performed entirely through the nostrils and there is no cutting through the skin, most patients are able to go home the same day as the procedure.

What are the benefits of endoscopic sinus surgery?

Benefits of undergoing the FESS procedure include:

  • Performed through the nostrils without any skin incisions
  • Highly effective with minimal discomfort
  • Continued relief from nasal airway obstruction
  • Faster and easier recovery with less scarring than traditional sinus surgery
  • Improved sinus function
  • Decreased snoring and sleep apnea symptoms

If you are suffering from sinus-related health problems and believe you may benefit from endoscopic sinus surgery, the first step is to consult with an ear, nose, and throat expert. Specialists at eos sleep have extensive experience in treating chronic sinusitis and other sinus conditions with minimally invasive procedures. Call 1-800-EOS-SLEEP today or fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment or to learn more about eos sleep treatment options.

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