Functional endoscopic sinus surgery in Iran
Since some of the patients who have chronic or acute sinusitis might not recover using the standard treatments, functional endoscopic sinus surgery comes as last resort for them. However, some of these patients find themselves unable to have the surgery in their countries due to its expensive price so they try to look for places that offer more affordable prices. If that is the case for you, then we urge you to consider having functional endoscopic sinus surgery in Iran with Dr. Saeedi and benefit from the wide experience of Dr. Saeedi the renowned ENT surgeon in Tehran along with the excellent medical services and affordable prices in Iran. Please continue reading to have a better understanding about the surgery and contact us to have a free specialized consultation with Dr. Saeedi online.
Chronic sinusitis and acute sinusitis
We define sinusitis as the inflammation in one or more of the paranasal sinuses. There are two different types of sinusitis, acute sinusitis, and chronic sinusitis.
The first one is often caused by an infection that lasts for a few weeks and it can be treated with medications.
The latter, on the other hand, is an inflammation that can last from 3 months to several years at a time. Chronic sinusitis is usually not linked to any infection and causes less severe symptoms but if not treated it might lead to other complications.
Definition of functional endoscopic sinus surgery
Functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that is used to restore the ventilation of the sinus and make it function normally. Functional endoscopic sinus surgery can be performed under local or general anesthesia and it is usually considered as an outpatient procedure.
Who is a good candidate for functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS)?
Functional endoscopic sinus surgery is often done for patients who have chronic sinusitis aka (chronic rhinosinusitis) or even acute sinusitis that does not respond to other treatments. Patients who have nasal polyps or enlarged nasal turbinates can be good candidates to FESS too. Some selected nasal masses can also be removed through functional endoscopic sinus surgery.
Some sinus problems cannot be solved using the endoscopic approach, and the open approaches should be considered. The patient needs to have several tests before he/she can be considered a good candidate for FESS like a CT scan and physical examination. Please throw us a request to have a free online consultation with Dr. Saeedi to know precisely if functional endoscopic sinus surgery is suitable for you.
Functional endoscopic sinus surgery benefits
Choosing FESS will grant you many advantages, like feeling minimal pain after the surgery and having the results without any scars and incisions. On top of that, functional endoscopic sinus surgery leads to improving the quality of life of the patients and its results last for a long time.
Before functional endoscopic sinus surgery
Before having the surgery, the doctor will probably prescribe you some medicine that helps to improve the condition of the sinuses. You should take these medications and tell the doctor if there are any medications you need to stop before the surgery.
If you are a smoker, try to stop smoking for at least a month before the surgery. and stop eating and drinking 12 hours before the surgery.
How is functional endoscopic sinus surgery performed?
Functional endoscopic sinus operation can be performed under local or general synesthesia depending on the patient’s condition. The surgeon will unblock your sinuses using an endoscope and some other instruments.
Usually, the surgeon does not use packing during the surgery unless the bleeding became uncontrollable. If so, the surgeon will use either packing that the body can absorb or normal packing that needs to be removed after the surgery.
Patients who undergo the surgery under local anesthesia will be provided with headsets to listen to music while having the surgery. The patient might hear some noises when the surgeon removes a bone and it is possible to feel some blood in the throat.
Functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) aftercare and recovery
After you go home, it is important to follow some instructions for post-operative care. These instructions may include the following:
It is very important to avoid blowing your nose for the week following the surgery. It is likely that you start nasal saline washes once or twice a day. Nasal irrigation after FESS helps washing the mucus from the nose without damaging the sinus after functional endoscopic sinus surgery.
You must rest for the following 2 weeks. This means that any sport or workout must be avoided for 2 weeks. You should also avoid bending and lifting heavy objects.
It is possible to feel some pain after the surgery. If so, you can have some prescribed painkillers. The pain after the surgery tends to be mild.
Functional endoscopic sinus surgery recovery time depends on the condition and the overall health of the patient. In general, it only takes from a few days to a week to recover after the surgery.
Functional endoscopic sinus surgery results and effectiveness
Studies show that functional endoscopic sinus surgery has a high success rate as 80 to 90 percent of the cases show good results. Most of the patients feel relieved shortly after the surgery. Functional endoscopic sinus surgery provides most of the patients with long-term results as many have reported that the surgery improved the quality of their life significantly.
Functional endoscopic sinus surgery risks and complications
Even though the surgery is minimally invasive and safe, there are some possible complications that follow the surgery like:
Bleeding: Some cases might suffer from excessive bleeding during the surgery that forces the surgeon to terminate the procedure. Sometimes the bleeding occurs after the surgery requiring the use of packing.
Eye problems: Since the sinuses are close to the eyes, the surgery can cause some eye problems. These problems tend to get better by their own without any treatment, but if the symptoms become serious, you might need to consult with a specialist.
Spinal fluid leak: Since the sinuses and the brain are close to each other, there is a rare chance of having a spinal fluid leak. If this happens then you might need to stay in the hospital to have another surgery to stop the leakage.
Functional endoscopic sinus surgery with septoplasty
If you have a deviated septum, the surgeon might need to repair your septum at the same time as the functional endoscopic sinus surgery. In such cases, the surgeon can combine FESS with septoplasty. Septoplasty helps straighten the nasal septum thus allowing the surgeon to have better access to the sinus.
Be aware that by doing so there are some possible complications and side effects like bleeding or infection. Some patients might suffer from numbness in the front teeth and septal perforation.
Functional endoscopic sinus surgery vs. balloon sinuplasty
Balloon sinuplasty is another alternative treatment for sinusitis. It involves inserting scopes and other instruments into the nose while the patient is under local anesthesia. The balloon is passed into the sinus and then inflated.
This process breaks and remodels the bones, thus dilating the natural pathways of the sinus and washes the sinus via a catheter.
Both Balloon sinuplasty and FESS are safe and provide a high success rate, but FESS provides long-term results and relieves the symptoms for about 10 years. It also helps removing the tissues more extensively. On the other hand, balloon sinuplasty is faster and requires less time to recover with less possible risks.
Polypectomy vs. functional endoscopic sinus surgery
Polypectomy is a surgical procedure that is performed to remove polyps that are present in the nasal passages. Both polypectomy and functional endoscopic sinus surgery can be performed to remove polyps, and studies have shown almost similar results between the two treatments.
Functional endoscopic sinus surgery in Iran with Dr. Saeedi
Iran is distinguished in the region and even in the world for its high-quality medical services. This country is proud of the best hospitals equipped with the latest technology in addition to employing the most skilled medical personnel in it. Of course, the main advantage of this country from the medical point of view is that it is home to many of the most skilled doctors and surgeons who have been educated in the most prestigious universities and devoted themselves to this noble profession.
Among these distinguished doctors, Dr. Masoumeh Saeedi, a specialist surgeon in ENT and head and neck surgery, stands out. Dr. Saeedi obtained a fellowship in ENT more than 12 years ago, where she was ranked first in the country in the entrance exam of this fellowship. During this long period of experience in this field, Dr. Saeedi has performed more than 5,000 successful complex surgeries, including many functional endoscopic sinus surgeries for both Iranian and international patients.
Dr. Saeedi’s academic life did not stop with her obtaining a specialized fellowship, but rather she underwent many specialized courses in medically developed countries such as Germany, France, Portugal, Malaysia and South Korea among others. Because of her distinction, she was able to become an associate professor at Baqiatollah University of Medical Sciences in Tehran at the age of only 33.
Dr. Saeedi is keen to understand the patients’ requirements and aspirations before deciding to perform the surgery. This is in order to give them the best results from the operation. You too can now get a free online consultation with Dr. Saeedi on functional endoscopic sinus surgery by communicating with the doctor through the communication channels shown on this page.
Cost of functional endoscopic sinus surgery in Iran with Dr. Saeedi
In the United States of America, functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) costs about $18,000 on average. In The United Kingdom, FESS costs about $5,000 while the cost of functional endoscopic sinus surgery in Iran is much cheaper. You can have functional endoscopic sinus surgery in Iran with Dr. Saeedi for about a quarter of that price.
Based on what we mentioned above, by having functional endoscopic sinus surgery in Iran with Dr. Saeedi, you will benefit from the vast experience of the doctor and distinguished medical services along with the affordable prices at the same time. Do not hesitate to contact us now for a free consultation and quote on functional endoscopic sinus surgery in Iran with Dr. Saeedi.
Frequently asked questions about functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS)
How long does functional endoscopic sinus surgery take?
In general, functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) requires 2 to 4 hours. The period depends on the condition of the patient and the extent of the surgery.
Is endoscopic sinus surgery painful?
Well, you might feel some pain after functional endoscopic sinus surgery, but the pain is usually mild.
Is endoscopic sinus surgery safe?
Yes, functional endoscopic sinus surgery has high success rates and small chances of post-op complications.
Is endoscopic sinus surgery worth it?
Yes, most of the patients report that they have satisfying prolonged results after having FESS.
Is endoscopic sinus surgery outpatient?
Yes, FESS does not usually require the patient to spend the night in the hospital.
Is endoscopic sinus surgery dangerous?
No, functional endoscopic sinus surgery is considered a safe operation with minimal side effects.
Is endoscopic sinus surgery effective?
Yes, the surgery has a success rate between 80 to 90 percent.
Should I have endoscopic sinus surgery?
If you have chronic sinusitis, acute sinusitis that does not respond to other treatments or polyps, then you should have the surgery.
When is endoscopic sinus surgery necessary?
It is necessary to have functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) if other treatments have not worked for you or if the symptoms last for more than 12 weeks.
Why is endoscopic sinus surgery called functional?
It is called functional because it is done to regain the sinuses their function back.
What is revision functional endoscopic sinus surgery?
Revision functional endoscopic sinus surgery (RFESS) is a surgical procedure that is done for the patients who have undergone FESS and still have the symptoms.