Any type of surgery involving the sinuses or nose was once a very involved and invasive process. It was enough to make patients suffering from even the most painful sinus conditions opt to muddle through with conservative treatment options, rather than deal with undergoing a major surgery. Today, patients have many more options. Effective relief from chronic sinusitis may be as simple as a procedure performed right inside of the doctor’s office, with recovery time taking just days, rather than weeks.
In this blog, the otolaryngologists at DFW Sinus Select will provide a brief overview of sinusitis and explain a cutting-edge sinus procedure called Balloon Sinuplasty, which can effectively treat chronic sinusitis in patients who are not responding well to antibiotics or other conservative treatments.
What is sinusitis?
Sinusitis is a condition characterized by inflammation of the sinus lining that prevents normal mucus drainage through the nose. Because of this blockage in normal drainage, mucus builds up in the sinuses, leading to a variety of uncomfortable symptoms.
Symptoms of sinusitis may include:
- Sinus pressure
- Facial pain
- Nasal congestion
- Difficulty breathing through the nose
- Bad breath (halitosis)
Once a physician has evaluated and diagnosed your condition, treatment for sinusitis typically starts with medical therapy. However, if you have attempted antibiotics, over-the-counter decongestants, antihistamines or nasal sprays and are still experiencing symptoms, you may be dealing with recurrent or chronic sinusitis. Treatment for this form of sinusitis is more involved. However, with Balloon Sinuplasty, many patients can find relief from symptoms without needing to undergo an invasive surgery.
How does Balloon Sinuplasty for chronic sinusitis work?
Balloon Sinuplasty is an FDA-approved procedure that uses a small, flexible balloon catheter that’s inserted through the nostril to open up blocked sinus passageways, restoring normal sinus drainage. In essence, the technology works the same way that balloon angioplasty does, wherein heart surgeons can open up blocked arteries.
After the instrument is inserted through the nostril, the small balloon is inflated in order to gently restructure and widen the walls of the sinus opening, all the while maintaining the integrity of the sinus lining. There is no cutting of tissue or bone involved. After the passageway has been widened, your physician will flush out the sinus cavity, clearing away any built-up pus and mucus. Once this is completed, the balloon is deflated and removed from the nostril.
What are the benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty for chronic sinusitis?
Balloon Sinuplasty for chronic sinusitis is a relatively new procedure that offers numerous benefits to the patient, starting with the fact that it’s a minimally invasive treatment.
Other advantages of this treatment option include:
- Performed right in the doctor’s office under local anesthesia (in most cases)
- Safe and effective at relieving symptoms of sinusitis
- No cutting of nasal bone or tissue
- Faster recovery time; most patients can return to normal activities within a day or two
- Can be performed in conjunction with other medical therapies for chronic sinusitis; undergoing this procedure does not limit your present or future treatment options
- Most patients experience improvement in sinus symptoms and quality of life for more than 2 years after surgery
Looking for Balloon Sinuplasty for chronic sinusitis in the Dallas/Fort Worth area?
If you are searching for a physician who specializes in performing Balloon Sinuplasty for chronic sinusitis in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, DFW Sinus Select is here to help. A leading provider of this procedure in the region, our physicians have performed the Balloon Sinuplasty procedure hundreds of times, helping patients achieve meaningful, long-term relief from chronic sinusitis symptoms.
Take the first step towards healthy breathing and relief from sinus pain and pressure. Make an appointment with DFW Sinus Select to find out whether you’re a candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty. You can get this process started by filling out the purple schedule appointment form on this page. We look forward to helping you get the treatment you need to start breathing better and living better!