Approximately 37 million Americans suffer from sinusitis annually. Most sinusitis is manageable with natural remedies and can end after a few days of taking medication. But severe cases, referred to as chronic sinusitis, are challenging to deal with, leading to a lack of energy and overwhelming discomfort.
Medications can fail, forcing your primary physician to refer you to an Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) doctor for specialized treatment methods like surgery to clear your sinuses. Many people cringe at the sound of surgery. Luckily, there are new surgical procedures such as balloon sinuplasty that are less painful, do not involve any cuts, incisions, or removal of bones or tissues.
Also known as "smart sinus," balloon sinuplasty is an endoscopic, catheter-based surgery technique for treating chronic sinusitis or rhinosinusitis, sinus inflammation, and extreme nose blockages. It is relatively new, having developed from the angioplasty, and became FDA approved in 2005.
Balloon sinuplasty mainly treats chronic sinusitis with a 94% success rate for children and 100% among adults, as several studies have shown. When antibiotics don't work, balloon sinuplasty can also treat:
While balloon sinuplasty is the ultimate solution to some of the mentioned problems, it is advisable to seek the advice of your ENT for informed recommendations.
Balloon sinuplasty is a safe and straightforward sinusitis surgery that does not necessitate any cuttings or incisions. Instead, your ENT puts you under general anesthesia and inserts a catheter with a tiny balloon attached at the end of your nostrils until it reaches the blocked sinuses' passageways.
The ENT specialist then fills the balloon with air to expand, restructure, open, and widen the blocked sinuses passages while preserving the lining of your sinuses. A saline solution is then applied or sprayed into the sinuses to remove any mucus or pus. The balloon then gets deflated, and the catheter is withdrawn. Your sinuses are fully open, and you can breathe normally.
Everyone's body reacts or recovers differently after medical procedures. But recovery from balloon sinuplasty is faster and more comfortable than other surgical procedures. Discharge can be a few hours after a successful balloon sinuplasty. You can even resume your daily routine or go back to work within 24-48 hours as you recover.
But there are a few side effects such as dizziness, exhaustion, mild blood drainage, tender or congested sinuses a week following the procedure. There is no need to worry since these effects wear out after a few days. In case you feel some irritation, discomfort, or mild inflammation in your sinus passageways, suitable over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications can work to ease these conditions.
View the Balloon Dilation pdf for more information about this procedure. Complete the Sino-Nasal Outcome Test to help provide information about your sinus condition to our staff
Chronic sinusitis is uncomfortable and frustrating. Boise ENT is home to highly qualified and experienced ENT specialist Don J Beasley, MD. Our entire team is here to ensure you get the best and most personalized care for your sinusitis. Contact us for a consultation to learn if balloon sinuplasty surgery is recommended for your chronic sinusitis.
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