Types ofsinus surgery

Functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) is used to treat a number of different problems. This includes:

  • treating sinusitis that hasn’t responded to other treatments
  • treating recurrent sinusitis
  • removing a foreign body
  • controlling nosebleeds
  • restoring normal tear drainage (if a tear duct is blocked)
  • removing a sinus mucocoele 
  • removing a tumour
  • repairing a cerebrospinal fluid leak
  • orbital decompression (for people with Graves’ disease)
  • optic nerve decompression
  • treating congenital blockages in nasal passages.

Sinus surgery may be performed at the same time as nasal turbinate surgery, nasal polyp removal or nasal septum surgery.

Results vs risks of the procedure

The benefits and potential complications of surgery.


Information is provided by HCF in good faith for the convenience of members. It is not an endorsement or recommendation of any form of treatment nor is it a substitute for medical advice, and you should rely on the advice of your treating doctors in relation to all matters concerning your health. Every effort has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, however HCF takes no responsibility for any injury, loss, damage or other consequences of the use of this information.