When pressure emanates from inside our heads, the impact is immediate and can even be debilitating. Sinusitis (inflammation of the sinus lining) can result from a number of causes, ranging from allergies and colds to nasal polyps or even a deviated septum. One effective and minimally invasive treatment for sinusitis is balloon sinuplasty. The procedure uses small balloons that are placed in key areas of the nose and sinus and then expanded. The results enlarge the sinus pathways and restore normal drainage. Dr. Bradford Ress performs the procedure at his Boca Raton, FL office. Dr. Ress is nationally recognized in his field and serves on the faculty of three area universities.
Signs of Sinusitis
Our sinuses are a complex network of interconnected cavities inside the skull. This delicate system serves several functions, including moisturizing our noses, filtering the air we breathe, and even aiding with speech. When the lining of this area becomes swollen as a result of sinusitis, several undesirable symptoms can results, including:
- Facial pain
- Sinus pressure
- Loss of smell
- Sore throat
- Discolored mucus
- Difficulty breathing
- Bad breath
Some of these symptoms can result from other causes. Dr. Ress will provide a complete examination of your sinuses to determine if you have sinusitis.
Treatment Options for Sinusitis
Sinusitis, depending on the underlying cause, can be treated through several options. One of the most effective and least invasive treatments is balloon sinuplasty. A 2017 study published by the National Institutes of Health found that balloon sinuplasty was successful in “94 percent of chronic sinusitis cases” in children who underwent the procedure. Beyond balloon sinuplasty, common treatments include: nasal sprays, saline sprays, decongestants, over-the-counter pain relievers, and surgery.
How Balloon Sinuplasty Works
After administering general anesthesia, Dr. Ress will insert a guide wire catheter that has a tiny balloon affixed at the end through your nostril. Once the balloon has reached the area of blockage, the balloon is gently inflated. The process gradually opens and widens the sinus passageway. A saline rinse is used to flush debris from the expanded passageways. The balloon is then withdrawn, allowing for normal drainage. While the procedure is considered minimally invasive, balloon sinuplasty provides long-lasting relief from symptoms of sinusitis. The outpatient procedure takes around one hour to complete. Most patients only report pressure and numbness during the procedure with little to no noticeable pain. It is generally advised to not blow your nose within two days of the procedure and to avoid strenuous activities for one week. Sleeping with the head elevated may also promote drainage in the days following balloon sinuplasty.
Benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty
The benefits of this safe and effective treatment include:
- Instant or near instant relief of pressure and pain in sinuses
- Minimal discomfort during the procedure
- Little if any recovery time
- Lower cost than surgery
- Long-term benefits
- Low risk of complications
Most patients can return to work within two days of this procedure.
Learn How Balloon Sinuplasty Can Treat Your Sinusitis
A growing number of individuals in the United States are seeking the relief sinuplasty can deliver. The number of balloon sinuplasty procedures performed in the United States increased by 59 percent from 2011 to 2014. Due to the safe track record of this procedure, more physicians are recommending balloon sinuplasty as an alternative to surgery. If you are interested in learning how balloon sinuplasty can alleviate your sinusitis symptoms, Dr. Ress will explain the benefits of this procedure at his Boca Raton, FL office. To learn more about this effective treatment, contact us online or call (561) 353-7377.