How to perform Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

A step by step video and listed steps to aid an otolaryngologist in performing routine FESS (sinus surgery)
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  • Lectures 9
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Expert Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 3/2015 English

Course Description

This course should aid an ENT resident or attending to understand the steps involved in performing functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS). The course includes a video showing real surgery, and then the steps are spelled out for the learner. The basic techniques are then expanded to 1) more advanced FESS options, and 2) logical extensions of ESS (endoscopic sinus surgery) to structures adjacent to the nose and sinuses. The course is laid out from more basic to more complex. Video and narrated powerpoint slides/images are used to convey the information. Quiz questions at the end will emphasize some of the finer points of endoscopic sinus surgery. A learner should take this course if they wish to expand or strengthen their knowledge of sinus surgery.

What are the requirements?

  • anatomy of the nose and sinuses
  • have a comfort level with seeing some blood

What am I going to get from this course?

  • understand a practical technique for performing FESS
  • see more advanced FESS techniques building off the basics
  • approach turbinate reduction endoscopically in a mucosal sparing fashion
  • extend endoscopic techniques to structures adjacent to the nose and sinuses

Who is the target audience?

  • otolaryngology residents
  • practicing otolaryngologists
  • nursing and surgical technicians
  • interested public

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Section 1: Introduction to course

just some routine information about navigating Udemy, and several disclaimers as well

Section 2: FESS video lecture

A video depicting routine left sinus surgery

Section 3: Step by Step FESS

A narrated slide show explaining the steps of routine FESS from maxillary, to anterior ethmoid, to posterior ethmoid, to sphenoid sinus.

Section 4: Individualized FESS techniques

Beyond the basic FESS techniques, to address certain anatomical needs

Section 5: Turbinate reduction

turbinates can be reduced while using an endoscope for visualization. The middle turbinate is often addressed for a concha bullosa, while the inferior turbinate can be addressed for obstructive symptoms.


This video depicts an endoscopic approach to reduce the left inferior turbinate submucosally via a microdebrider blade specially designed for this technique.


This video depicts the process of using an Elman radiofrequency unit to perform submucosal reduction to the left inferior turbinate, and then outfracture the turbinate to address the bone.

Section 6: Extensions of FESS

Endoscopic sinus surgery techniques can be extended to adjacent stuctures within the head

Section 7: FESS resources
FESS resources
7 questions

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Instructor Biography

Steven Houser, MD, rhinologist/allergist

An otolaryngologist, specifically rhinologist/allergist in practice in Cleveland Ohio. Associate prof of otolaryngology at Case Western Reserve University College of Medicine.

Schooling at U of Notre Dame, Ohio State College of Medicine; then Cleveland Clinic for residency and U Chicago for fellowship in rhinology/allergy.

Specialized in nasal surgery - FESS, septal perforation repair, improvement of Empty Nose Syndrome, sleep apnea surgery

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