Sinusitis – Balloon Sinus Dilation
Millions of Americans suffer from sinusitis – an inflammation or swelling of the tissue lining the sinuses. The swelling can prevent your sinuses from draining. Mucus and fluid buildup inside the sinuses can lead to sinus infections and more inflammation and pain.
Sinusitis symptoms include:
- Facial congestion/fullness
- Nasal blockage
- Nasal discharge
- Dental pain
- Bad breath
For many years, patients suffering from recurring sinusitis were left with two choices. They could manage symptoms with ongoing rounds of medical therapy, such as antibiotics, steroids, and decongestants or undergo endoscopic sinus surgery to expand the sinus drainage pathway by having tissue and bone removed with small cutting instruments.
Now there is another option. Balloon sinus dilation offers an effective alternative for appropriate sinusitis patients who are tired of ongoing medical therapy and cannot and do not want to undergo surgery but want lasting relief with a quick recovery. A typical procedure lasts less than 45 minutes during which, under local anesthesia, a small balloon is used to gently open and reshape your sinus drainage pathways to restore normal sinus drainage. The result is instant relief that lasts. Many patients resume normal activities on the same day.
Schedule an appointment to talk with your doctor to determine if balloon sinus dilation is right for you.