Balloon Sinuplasty – Sinusitis Treatment
Are you suffering from sinusitis? The best treatment for chronic inflammation in the sinuses may be a balloon sinuplasty procedure, allowing you to breathe easy without pain or pressure.
Balloon Sinuplasty – Is it right for You?
Sinusitis can be a common condition that results in sinus Balloon blockage and can be caused by factors such as allergies or the common cold. For many people sinusitis is acute or subacute, lasting no longer than 4 to 8 weeks. There are some people that suffer from chronic or recurrent sinusitis that may last in excess of 8 weeks or occur multiple times in a given year.
For some patients antibiotics, decongestants, steroids, or saline nasal sprays may be able to relieve the symptoms, but for others these treatments may be ineffective, requiring a need for sinus surgery.
If you have tried multiple methods of treatment and your sinusitis still persists it may be time to consider sinus surgery.
What is Balloon Sinuplasty?
Some methods of sinus surgery involve the cutting of tissue and/or bone in order to relieve the patient of chronic sinusitis, but balloon sinuplasty is different.
Instead of surgically removing bone and tissue balloon sinuplasty opens up the inflamed sinuses by inserting a balloon catheter and flushing out the mucus and pus. A typical balloon sinuplasty procedure follows these steps:
- 1st Step – The balloon catheter is inserted into the inflamed sinus.
- 2nd Step – The balloon on the catheter is inflated in order to expand the opening of the sinus. This also restructures and widens the walls of the sinus in the process, while maintaining the integrity of the lining.
- 3rd Step – A saline solution is injected into the sinus in order to remove pus and mucus buildup.
- 4th Step – The balloon catheter is removed and the sinus remains open and clear.
Many patients prefer this method due to the fact that it is minimally invasive and involves a shorter recovery time than more intensive surgical procedures.
Consult an Otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose, and Throat Doctor) at ASI
It is important that you consult an Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor (Otolaryngologist) before deciding on the right sinus procedure to relieve your chronic sinusitis.
Balloon sinuplasty can help with sinusitis that is a result of polyps or buildup of fluids in the sinus, but it is not an effective treatment method for a deviated septum and certain other types of conditions. Other types of sinus surgery may be required so make sure that you consult a specialist to find the treatment method that will fit your needs.