Physicians put their patients’ health first, but they are also concerned with quality of life. Individuals suffering from sinusitis (inflammation of the sinus lining) deal with headaches, congestion, loss of smell, and a whole host of symptoms that may hold them back from socializing, traveling, or simply enjoying a night out on the town. These are all reasons that your sinus surgeon may recommend sinuplasty as an effective treatment for sinusitis. During the procedure, Dr. Brandford Ress uses small, inflatable balloons to gently relieve pressure in your sinuses. The results can end the symptoms of sinusitis for years. Or longer. Dr. Ress, a renown sinus surgeon, performs the procedure at his Boca Raton, FL clinic.
Causes of Sinusitis
Sinuses are a delicate system of cavities that reside in the skull. The system filters the air before it reaches our lungs and moisturizes our nasal cavities. Among the more common causes of sinusitis are:
- Deviated septum: The nasal septum is the wall between the nostrils. If it is crooked, it could result in the blockage of sinus passages.
- Nasal polyps: Polyps can grow on the mucous membranes inside the sinuses as a result of inflammation. The results can create an even greater blockage.
- Disease: Diseases that affect the immune system, such as cystic fibrosis and HIV, can lead to nasal blockage.
- Infections: Respiratory tract infections resulting from colds can cause inflammation in and around your sinuses.
- Allergies: Pollen can promote the release of mucus which can then block your airways.
Most individuals experience periodic congestion and sinus inflammation. If these symptoms persist for 12 or more weeks straight, you may have chronic sinusitis.
Reasons Sinus Surgeons Recommend Balloon Sinuplasty
Dr. Ress will examine your medical history and discuss your sinusitis symptoms to determine if you are a candidate for balloon sinuplasty. If over-the-counter treatments like saline sprays, decongestants, and nasal sprays have not worked, you may be a good candidate for balloon sinuplasty. Candidates for balloon sinuplasty experience prolonged periods of facial pain, sinus headaches, congestion, compromised sense of smell, and facial pressure, among other symptoms.
A Look at the Procedure
Dr. Ress will administer general anesthesia before inserting a guide wire catheter with a tiny balloon attached to the end through one of your nostrils. The balloon will be gently inflated once it has reached the blocked region of your sinuses. Afterward, saline rinse will flush debris from the affected area. The balloon will then be withdrawn. The procedure takes one to two hours to complete, and patients are free to leave shortly after. Most patients report minimal discomfort and no pain from the procedure.
Benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty
The benefits of this procedure include:
- Long-lasting relief: Most patients report no relapse of symptoms for two or more years.
- Low risk of complications: Balloon sinuplasty is considered very safe, and there is little risk for complications.
- Short recovery time: Patients should refrain from blowing their nose for a week or two after this procedure. There’s minimal need for bedrest following this treatment.
Learn How Balloon Sinuplasty Can Treat Your Sinusitis
More and more Americans are seeking the relief that balloon sinuplasty can deliver. The procedure has a low risk of complications, and the benefits can instantly noticeable. If you are interested in pursuing the benefits of balloon sinuplasty, Dr. Ress, a renown sinus surgeon, can guide you through the entire process. To learn more, contact our Boca Raton, FL office online or call (561) 353-7377.