Sinus infections, or sinusitis, is an inflammation of the sinuses. This can cause symptoms like thick nasal mucus, a plugged nose, facial pain, headaches, poor sense of smell, coughing, and other symptoms. These symptoms can significantly affect people’s physical and emotional health.
Depending on the location of the infected sinuses, the symptoms can change. These include:
- Maxillary – The cheek sinuses, can cause toothaches or headaches.
- Frontal – Located above the eyes, can cause headaches, especially in the forehead.
- Ethmoidal – Between the eyes, can cause pain to the sides and upper area of the nose and headaches.
- Sphenoidal – Can cause pain behind the eyes.
If the pain is caused by an inflamed sinus, it is normally localized to the sinuses, but can worsen if the affected person bends or lays down.
Sinusitis is classified into different categories based on how long it lasts:
- Acute Sinusitis – A sinus infection that can last up to four weeks.
- Recurrent Acute Sinusitis – Acute Sinusitis that occurs at least four times a year.
- Subacute Sinusitis – A sinus infection lasting between four to twelve weeks.
- Chronic Sinusitis – Symptoms last for three months or more.
Chronic sinusitis is the most severe, with methods to treat it involving prolonged antibiotics, intranasal sprays, occasional applications of oral steroids, decongestants, antihistamines, saline nasal sprays, and antibiotic nasal irrigations. Following this allows most to improve and the symptoms to go away. For those who do not improve, it may be required to have surgery done.
Thanks to advancements in medicine, doctors can more accurately perform sinus surgery than before. Among these treatments is the newest technology, Balloon Sinuplasty.
In conclusion, Balloon Sinuplasty is a safe and effective new surgical procedure now available in the treatment of chronic sinusitis.
Sinus Surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty for Chronic Sinusitis
Balloon Sinuplasty is a surgical procedure involving a flexible sinus guidewire. The guidewire helps locate the affected sinus, where a balloon catheter can then move into position across the blocked sinus opening. It is gently inflated and then removed, allowing the affected passage to resume normal sinus drainage. Nasal endoscopes and transillumination help provide direct visuals so the doctor can see what is happening.
Balloon Sinuplasty is commonly performed on the frontal, maxillary, and sphenoid sinuses. Depending on the patient, topical or local anesthesia may be offered in office during the procedure on frontal or maxillary sinuses. The surgery takes about thirty minutes. Patients can drive to and from the appointment and return to work right away with minimal discomfort.
Studies have shown Balloon Sinuplasty’s effectiveness, with over 1000 patients being tracked in a retrospective patient registry. There haven’t been any complications reported in two years, with 98% of patient’s blocked sinus passages remaining open after the surgery. This method is not only safe and effective, but there is reduced bleeding due to less tissue and bone removal, and a faster recovery time. Many patients can return to their normal activities within 24 hours of the appointment.
If you are suffering chronic sinusitis, Balloon Sinuplasty might be the relief that you need.
Step 1. A balloon catheter is inserted into the inflamed sinus.
Step 2. The balloon is inflated to expand the sinus opening.
Step 3. Saline is sprayed into the inflamed sinus to flush out the pus and mucus.
Step 4. The system is removed, leaving the sinuses open.
Balloon Sinuplasty In-Office
Balloon Sinuplasty is now available to eligible patients as a procedure performed in our office, under local anesthesia. One of our physicians will recommend the best approach for you.
Benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty In-Office
Balloon Sinuplasty In-Office is an option for patients who decline or are ineligible for general anesthesia.
While recovery time varies with each patient, most patients who undergo the in-office procedure can return to normal activities and work within 2 days.
Experience the procedure in the comfort of your physician’s office rather than a hospital operating room.
High Patient Satisfaction
The majority of patients who had Balloon Sinuplasty In-Office would recommend the procedure to family and friends.
Potential for Significant Cost Savings
Some eligible patients may have lower out-of-pocket costs if the procedure is performed in a lower cost of care setting, such as a physician’s office.