Sinusitis Treatment: Balloon Sinuplasty
Treatment Options for Sinusitis: Chronic sinusitis symptoms can make you miserable and impact your quality of life. In order to get relief, you need to make the right treatment decision with your doctor.
Balloon Sinuplasty is a common treatment for chronic sinusitis that delivers long-term relief. This gentle procedure uses a small balloon catheter to slowly open the nasal passages to allow proper drainage to occur.
Medical Therapy for Sinusitis
Sinusitis is typically treated first with medication. Treatment with antibiotics or topical nasal steroid sprays may be successful in reducing mucosal swelling, fighting infection, and relieving obstructions of the sinus opening (ostium). Inhaling steam or using nasal sprays and drops may also help relieve sinus discomfort. However, at least 20% of patients do not respond adequately to medications. Visit Entellus Medical for an overview of balloon sinuplasty.
Surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty (Balloon Sinus Dilation)
An ENT physician will use balloon sinuplasty devices to open the blockage that is preventing the sinus drainage.
Balloon sinuplasty technology is used by qualified ENT physicians and involves the use of small balloons to open blocked sinuses; this approach is similar to the usage of balloons to open blocked arteries in modern angioplasty. We are now performing this in-office surgical procedure using nitrous oxide (commonly known as laughing gas) inhalation. Nitrous oxide significantly improves patient satisfaction by reducing anxiety and discomfort. In addition, the effects are gone within minutes and patients can drive home unattended. Start breathing better today and give us a call to set-up a consultation.
Safe and Effective
While use of any surgical instrument involves some risk, clinical research has demonstrated the balloon sinuplasty system to be safe and effective, and to deliver clinically significant improvement in sinusitis symptoms.
The technology uses small, soft, flexible devises that enter entirely through the nostrils. These devices gently open blocked sinus openings, in many cases without tissue or bone removal.
Because in many instances not tissue or bone is removed when using this technology, there may be decreased bleeding associated with the procedure.
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