Life can be miserable for people suffering from chronic sinusitis. The constant pressure in your sinus cavities leads to headaches, facial pain and teeth pain. Some people will have difficulty breathing, nasal congestion and even fatigue. These symptoms can affect your daily life, making it uncomfortable to do normal activities.
Almost everyone is aware of the pain that can come from nasal congestion, whether from a cold, allergies or a sinus infection. Chronic sinusitis is when these symptoms linger, lasting more than two weeks. For some people, it can be months or even years. Often these symptoms are treated with over-the-counter medications or prescriptions for nasal sprays and decongestants; but for others, these options don’t bring relief. Balloon sinuplasty is an option to help bring relief to those who suffer from chronic sinusitis.
What is Balloon Sinuplasty?
Balloon sinuplasty is a procedure that opens up inflamed sinuses in the same way that heart surgeons open blocked arteries. During the procedure, the doctor inserts a small, flexible balloon catheter into the sinus passage to facilitate drainage of mucus build up. The balloon is inflated, which expands the walls of the sinus passage while maintaining the integrity of the lining. Balloon sinuplasty is less traumatic and generally safer than rigid dilation. And unlike traditional sinus surgery, there is no cutting of nasal bone or tissue. After the procedure you’ll be given an antibiotic to prevent infection and a saline solution to rinse and lubricate nasal passages. Most people are able to return to work and normal activities in about 1-2 days after the procedure.
Balloon sinuplasty is a safe and effective treatment option for adults and children suffering from chronic sinusitis. If you’re looking for relief, have had chronic infections and nasal sprays no longer help, this might be a good choice for you. Call Piedmont Ear Nose and Throat Associates at (336) 768-3361 today to set up an appointment for a consultation and to learn more about this procedure.