Sinusitis is among the most prevalent health conditions in the United States. When it becomes chronic and doesn’t respond to at-home treatment, balloon sinuplasty is a safe, highly effective treatment option for patients to consider.
In this article, we’ll discuss the benefits of balloon sinuplasty for relief from chronic sinusitis.
What is Chronic Sinusitis?
Sinusitis occurs when the sinuses’ lining becomes inflamed, inhibiting the normal drainage of mucus through the nose. The mucus then accumulates in the sinuses, leading to symptoms like nasal discharge, congestion, reduced smell and taste, sinus headaches, fatigue, and more. Sinusitis is considered chronic when these symptoms persist for longer than 12 weeks.
How Does Balloon Sinuplasty Help With Chronic Sinusitis?
Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally-invasive sinus surgery performed in-office under local anesthesia by ENT doctors. It’s considered a breakthrough in chronic sinusitis treatment.
During balloon sinuplasty, your doctor will insert a small, flexible balloon catheter into the nose. Once the catheter reaches the affected sinus, your doctor will gradually inflate it, which restructures and widens the blocked sinus passage without damaging the sinus lining. As a result, the excess mucus can drain properly.
Why Choose Balloon Sinuplasty?
- Balloon sinuplasty effectively opens the sinus passages to alleviate sinus pain and pressure from chronic sinusitis.
- Balloon sinuplasty maintains the regular anatomy of the sinuses and mucosal tissue.
- Balloon sinuplasty doesn’t involve removing bone or tissue.
- Patients can drive themselves home within 10 to 15 minutes of the procedure (as long as they didn’t receive pre-sedative medication).
- Most patients return to their usual activities within a few days of the procedure. Some patients return to these activities within just 12 hours.
At ENT Associates, we’re thrilled to offer balloon sinuplasty as a leading treatment option for patients suffering from chronic sinusitis. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!