Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

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Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

What is functional endoscopic sinus surgery?

Endoscopic sinus surgery involves operating under telescopic control inside the nose to open the sinuses into the nose.

My anaesthetic

This procedure will require an anaesthetic. See About your anaesthetic information sheet for information about anaesthetic and the risks involved. If you have any concerns, discuss these with your doctor.

If you have not been given an information sheet, please ask for one.

What are the risks of this specific procedure?

There are risks and complications with this procedure. They include but are not limited to the following:

General risks:
  • Infection can occur, requiring antibiotics and further treatment.
  • Bleeding could occur and may require a return to the operating room.
  • Small areas of the lung can collapse, increasing the risk of chest infection. This may need antibiotics and physiotherapy.
  • Death as a result of this procedure is possible.
Specific risks:
  • Bleeding. This may happen either at time of surgery or in the first two weeks after surgery. Delayed bleeding may require re-admission to hospital and may require another operation to stop the bleeding. A blood transfusion may be necessary depending on the amount of blood lost.
  • Eye injury. This may lead to bruising or swelling around the eye. Rarely, permanent damage causing double vision or partial or complete loss of vision.
  • Brain injury. CSF (brain/spinal fluid) leak, meningitis or brain abscess may occur. Further surgery to repair the CSF leak may be necessary.
  • Tear duct injury with tearing of the eye can occasionally occur and may be on going.
  • Infection of the nose and sinuses. Usually temporary but may be on going which requires antibiotic therapy.
  • Altered taste and smell which may be permanent.
  • Scar tissue may grow inside the nose which may need sinus drainage requiring further surgery.
  • Hole in the partition of the nose. This does not usually cause any problems. Sometimes it may cause whistling, crusting or bleeding and may require further surgery to close the hole. This may cause disfigurement.

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