Sinusitis FinESS Treatment Frequently Asked Questions

What is FinESS Treatment?
FinESS Sinus Treatment is a FDA-cleared treatment for chronic sinusitis.

How Do I Know if I Have Chronic Sinusitis?
Sinusitis is a common inflammation of the sinus lining.  Chronic Sinusitis lasts more than 12 weeks or can result in 4+ episodes in a year.  Common symptoms include:

  • Facial congestion/fullness
  • Headaches
  • Nasal obstruction/blockage
  • Fatigue
  • Nasal discharge
  • Dental pain
  • Fever
  • Bad breath

If you have any of these symptoms consult your physician.  Patients with Chronic Sinusitis may be referred to an Otolaryngologist (ENT Physician).

What Are My Treatment Options?
Sinusitis is typically first treated with antibiotics or topical nasal steroid sprays. When pansinusitis patients do not respond appropriately to medications, they may be a candidate for traditional sinus surgery performed under general anesthesia, where bone or sinus tissue is removed to open the blockage.  Patients who wish to avoid the pain, bleeding and long recovery time associated with traditional sinus surgery may opt for a less invasive procedure such as FinESS Sinus Treatment.

How Does FinESS Work?
FinESS Sinus Treatment is a simple endoscopic procedure that safely reopens blocked passages by reshaping the sinuses behind the cheekbones and the eyes using a small balloon similar to those used to open blocked heart arteries.

What Are the Benefits of FinESS?
Unlike sinus surgery techniques, FinESS Sinus Treatment does not require the surgical removal of delicate bone or sinus tissue. FinESS Treatment results in a short procedure time with very little pain or bleeding.  The procedure can be done under local anesthesia and patients may receive only mild sedation.  Recovery time is usually 1-2 days with many patients resuming normal activity within  hours.

Who Performs the FinESS Treatment?
FinESS Sinus Treatment is performed by Otolaryngologists (ENT physicians) trained in the procedure.

Does Insurance Cover FinESS?
Insurance coverage for FinESS Sinus Treatment varies from patient to patient.  Patients should talk with their physicians to determine how their insurance pays for endoscopic sinus surgery, and under which circumstances.

Am I Eligible for FinESS?
FinESS Sinus Treatment is designed to treat the sinuses most commonly affected by Chronic Sinusitis.  Ask your ENT physician if you are a good candidate for FinESS.