Sinusitis is the most prevalent chronic condition in the U.S., affecting an estimated 37 million Americans. An inflammation of the sinuses that causes cold-like symptoms such as a runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, facial pain and swelling, loss of smell and taste, bad breath, headache and fatigue, chronic sinusitis occurs when the sinus openings become blocked, preventing mucus from draining. For those who have tried other treatment options without success, a surgical procedure known as a balloon sinuplasty can bring relief.
How The Procedure Works
Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive method of enlarging your sinus passages to create easier breathing pathways while reducing or eliminating the symptoms of sinusitis. This FDA-approved surgical procedure is safe and effective, and usually performed on an outpatient basis. It contrast to conventional sinus surgery there is no cutting of bone and tissue; instead, the procedure is quick and painless, does not result in scarring, and the risk of complications or side effects is small. Best of all, results are immediate.
The procedure works as follows: you are given either a local or general anesthetic, and a balloon catheter is inserted through your nostrils into your sinus cavity. The balloon is inflated, enlarging the sinus opening and widening the walls of the nasal passages. Mucus and other debris are flushed away with a saline solution, and the catheter is removed. The whole procedure takes less than an hour and fifteen minutes, on average.
95% of patients report a dramatic reduction in symptoms after undergoing the balloon sinuplasty procedure.