Rhinosinusitis is the sixth most common chronic condition of the elderly. Functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) has developed over the last 20 to 30 years into a widely accepted treatment modality for chronic rhinosinusitis in adults who have failed maximal medical management. The aim of this study was investigate the safety and efficacy of FESS in the geriatric population as compared to that of the adult population. Retrospective review of prospective measurement of outcomes in consecutive patients over 60 years of age who underwent FESS. Fifty-six patients over 60 years of age underwent FESS and were evaluated preoperatively and postoperatively at 3, 6, and 12 months with the Sino-Nasal Outcome Test-20 (SNOT-20) questionnaire, and a rigid nasal endoscopy scoring system. Data analysis was performed using the Student's t test to compare mean scores. Any complications were noted. Patients evaluated by the SNOT-20 scoring system experienced 64% improvement of symptom scores at 3 months, 73% improvement at 6 months, and 75% improvement at 12 months. Rigid nasal endoscopy scores improved by 76% at 3 months, 65% at 6 months, and 76% at 12 months. There were very few minor complications and no major complications of the surgery. These results are comparable to those of the literature that address outcomes in the adult population undergoing FESS. FESS in the geriatric population is a safe and effective treatment modality for rhinosinusitis that is refractory to medical therapy. EBM rating: C.
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