Sinus surgery Functional endoscopic sinus surgery (1233)

Key points below

What are sinuses?Sinuses

Sinuses are air-filled spaces in the face and head.  Four pairs of sinuses connect to the nose by small drainage paths.  Healthy sinuses make mucus, which drains into the nose. The nose also makes mucus.  Swelling can block the flow of mucus through the nose or sinuses. This may cause bacteria to grow which could lead to a sinus infection (sinusitis). 

What is Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS)?

What do I need to know before my child's surgery?

What do I need to know after my child’s surgery?

What to expect:




Follow up care

If your child does not already have a post op visit scheduled, call your doctor’s office. Your child needs to be seen in the ENT clinic in 2 weeks.



Call your child’s doctor, nurse, or the ENT clinic if you have any questions or concerns or if your child:

  • Has bright red bleeding from the nose or mouth that will not stop.
  • Is vomiting bright red blood or a coffee grounds-like liquid.
  • Is vomiting for more than 24 hours.
  • Has a temperature higher than 102°F (38.9°C).
  • Will not drink liquids or does not urinate for more than 12 hours.
  • A change in vision or swelling around the eyes.
  • Feels very tired or has a stiff neck.
  • Has constant drainage of clear fluids from the nose.
  • Has a headache that doesn’t go away or is getting worse.
  • Has special health care needs that were not covered by this information.

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