I have been recommended to have sinus surgery. Something called a "FESS".... I get sinus infections a lot. But I don't know if this is really going to make a positive difference for me and I'm concerned because people tell me the procedure is so painful. Can you docs shed some light on this for me?
How old are you?: 29
How long has this been going on?: More than a year
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Ear / Nose / Throat
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Just a chronic cough when I lie down at night. Headahces. Sinus drainage most of the time. Sometimes I get pain in my upper teeth which I'm sold is from the infection.
What have you done so far to remedy this condition? Please include tests and relevant studies here. ENT consult. CT sinuses. Xrays. Antibiotics. Flonase. Claritin. Mucinex. Nasal washes.
Please list any chronic medical problems and also list any prior surgery (lacerations don't count!): Other than this I'm quite healthy
Check all that apply to you or your immediate family (parents, siblings, grandparents):
Not a smoker
HOW QUICKLY DO YOU NEED THIS TO BE ANSWERED?: Within the next few days
So that we can serve you best, please try to tell us your top three things you wish to be addressed in our response.
How likely am I to get a good result from this?
Is it a dangerous surgery?
How long till I can resume a fairly normal life after the surgery?
Just so happens we have an ENT Surgeon here at MD STAT. I'm going to get him on this question when he can. In the meantime you may want to check out THIS LINK from the American Academy of Family Practice. It's a pretty good summary. Keep checking back with us for more. Thanks for your question.
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