Chronic sinusitis can make you feel miserable. Its a big problem for a lot of people, affecting 37 million individuals per year. Medications may or may not be effective at controlling symptoms, which include fatigue, facial pain and pressure, postnasal drip and nasal congestion. Studies suggest that despite receiving maximal medical treatment, up to 60% of people still suffer from sinus symptoms and a reduced quality of life.
While endoscopic sinus surgery is minimally invasive and safe, it still requires general anesthesia. I therefore offer a newer in-office treatment for helping people who suffer from chronic sinusitis. Its called Balloon Sinuplasty. Under local anesthesia in the office I place a small balloon catheter in the patient’s nose. I then inflate the balloon and open the sinuses gently yet effectively. I then rinse out the sinus using saline which helps wash out any tenacious bacteria lodged in the sinus lining. No sedation is necessary. Patients undergoing this treatment usually can return to work in the next 24-48 hours.
The great thing about this procedure is that unlike traditional sinus surgery, it does not disrupt the natural sinus lining. As a result, the healing process is more comfortable and scarring is much less likely to occur. We have some helpful information including a video demonstration of the procedure in the Expertise & Services section of our website. Just click on Balloon Sinuplasty.