Sinus problems can cause a host of symptoms, ranging from a stuffy nose to severe headaches.
If nasal blockage and other sinus problems linger for more than 10 days, you may have sinusitis. More than 30 million Americans experience sinusitis each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fortunately, there’s an effective treatment for your sinus problems. Dr. Bradford Ress performs balloon sinuplasty at his Boca Raton, FL clinic. Following the procedure, which places and inflates a small balloon in the congested sinus cavities, patients can find relief from sinusitis for two years or even longer.
Types of Sinusitis
Depending on your symptoms, you may have acute sinusitis, which has symptoms typically associated with the common cold and lasts two to four weeks; subacute sinus inflammation, which lasts four to 12 weeks; chronic sinusitis, which lasts three months or longer; or recurrent sinusitis, which can return several times a year.
Common Sinus Problems Associated With Sinusitis
Our sinuses are a network of delicate cavities that moisturize and filter our breath, among other benefits. When those spaces become blocked and filled with fluid, inflammation, infections, and eventually sinusitis can follow. Common triggers for sinusitis include allergies, the common cold, and nasal polyps. Genetic features such as a deviated septum can also increase the likelihood of contracting sinusitis.
Individuals suffering from sinusitis commonly suffer from:
- Congested and stuffy nose
- Lingering cold symptoms
- Pressure and discomfort in the face or head
- Yellow or green discharge from the nose
- Swelling around eyes and nose
- Ear pressure
- Pain in upper jaw
A Look at Balloon Sinuplasty
Once Dr. Ress has determined that you have sinusitis, he may recommend balloon sinuplasty as a treatment. Before the procedure, he will administer general anesthesia. Once you are comfortable and relaxed, he will insert a guide wire catheter through one of your nostrils. The wire has a small balloon attached to the end of it. Once the balloon has reached a blocked region of your sinuses, Dr. Ress will gently inflate the balloon to restore the cavity to its pre-sinusitis size. Most patients experience minimal if any discomfort throughout the procedure. Once the balloon is withdrawn, saline rinse is used to clean the expanded cavity and restore normal drainage.
Benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty
The main benefit of balloon sinuplasty is relief from sinus problems. Patients can also benefit from:
- Improved quality of life: The majority of patients who undergo balloon sinuplasty experience relief from sinusitis and do not need to have the procedure repeated.
- Fast recovery: Unlike more invasive alternatives, balloon sinuplasty requires very little recovery time. Most patients can return to work the day after the procedure.
- Insurance friendly: Most insurance plans cover this procedure, although it may need to be preauthorized.
- Low risk of complication: This procedure is considered very safe. The procedure was approved by the FDA in 2005.
- A safer and more alternative treatment: Balloon sinuplasty is a safer and less expensive procedure than other surgical alternatives such as endoscopic sinus surgery.
- Quick procedure: The average procedure time for balloon sinuplasty is a little more than an hour.
- Preventative treatment: Balloon sinuplasty can relieve sinusitis symptoms before they cause more dangerous infections or other complication.
Learn How Balloon Sinuplasty Can Treat Your Sinus Problems
Patients across the United States are seeking relief from sinus problems through balloon sinuplasty. The procedure has proven safe and effective in treating sinus problems. Plus, the benefits of the procedure can be enjoyed soon after the treatment. 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.