Sinusitis is a painful medical condition that is caused when inflammation occurs in the cavities around your nasal passages. This inflammation causes bacteria and mucus to grow in your sinuses. This can cause headaches, nasal congestion, facial pain and a runny nose. Chronic sinusitis affects millions of people in the United States, and it is the equivalent of having a sinus infection at all times. If medication is no longer helping curb your chronic sinusitis symptoms, then you should consider Balloon Sinuplasty™.
Balloon Sinuplasty™ is a new endoscopic medical procedure that can successfully improve your chronic sinusitis symptoms without surgically removing anything from the body. Removing bones and polyps used to be the only way to clear the sinuses, but that is no longer the case. No knives or scalpels are involved in this procedure, so your recovery time with be short.
During this procedure, a small balloon catheter will be inserted into the inflamed sinus cavity. The balloon is then carefully inflated. This will help expand the sinus opening. Once the balloon is fully inflated, a saline solution is sprayed into the inflamed sinus cavity. This will flush out all of the mucus and bacteria causing your chronic sinusitis. The balloon catheter is then removed from the sinus cavity. Since your sinus cavities are open and clear, you should no longer have any painful symptoms.
Balloon Sinuplasty™ is a completely safe medical procedure that does not cause any dangerous side effects. The minimally-invasive procedure was officially cleared by the FDA in 2005. Since it is only expanding and clearing your sinus cavities, the results are not permanent. Mucus and bacteria may start to accumulate in your sinuses over time. Most patients see a massive improvement in their chronic sinusitis symptoms for about one year following their procedure. Some patients may even be symptom-free for up to two years. It all depends on the unique situation. Since Balloon Sinuplasty™ is a relatively quick and easy procedure, you can always undergo another procedure if your painful symptoms reappear in the future.
There is simply no reason to go through life with debilitating sinus problems when they can easily be fixed with a simple Balloon Sinuplasty™ procedure. Make an appointment at the office of Daniel J. Leeman, MD to learn more information about how this procedure can help to treat your chronic sinusitis. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.