Many patients suffer from chronic sinusitis but have exhausted their treatment options. These individuals may be good candidates for Balloon Sinuplasty. This minimally invasive surgical solution is a safe and effective method of enlarging the sinus passages for easier breathing and a drastic reduction in sinusitis symptoms.
Balloon Sinuplasty Candidates
Chronic sinusitis is a widespread condition affecting 37 million Americans. This inflammation of the sinuses occurs when the sinus opening becomes blocked, preventing mucus from draining properly. It causes cold-like symptoms that include congestion, runny nose, sore throat, facial pain and swelling, loss of smell or taste, bad breath, fatigue and headache. It is most often caused by viral infections, but can also occur as a result of nasal polyps, a deviated septum or head trauma. Medical solutions work for some, but others continue to suffer despite numerous attempts using a variety of treatments. Balloon Sinuplasty may be the answer.
Conventional sinus surgical procedures involve cutting and excision of bone and tissue, a process that may cause pain and scarring and requires a recovery period. In comparison, Balloon Sinuplasty is quick (the average operating time is 73 minutes) and relatively painless, and has a lower risk of complications or side effects. It is FDA-approved and considered a safe alternative to endoscopic sinus surgery.
Balloon Sinuplasty Procedure
Balloon Sinuplasty is typically performed in an outpatient setting. The patient is given either a local or general anesthetic before a balloon catheter is inserted into their sinus cavity. The balloon is then inflated in order to enlarge the sinus opening and widen the walls of the nasal passages. A saline solution is sprayed into the cavity to flush out mucus and other debris; the catheter is then removed. The end result is open sinuses that enable normal breathing and drainage of fluids. Up to 95 percent of patients report a significant improvement in sinus symptoms following this procedure.
If a patient is interested in Balloon Sinuplasty, speak with a doctor or an ENT specialist. A qualified physician will review their medical history and help determine which sinus treatment options are best for.
Call Southern Utah Ear, Nose, Throat, Allergy, and Facial Plastics at (435) 628-3334 for more information or to schedule an appointment.