Children and adults experience sinusitis at least once a year. The condition causes the sinus passages to become inflamed. Fortunately, the vast majority of cases either heal on their own or after treatment. For individuals who regularly suffer from chronic sinusitis, balloon sinuplasty can offer effective and long-term treatment. Dr. Bradford Ress offers balloon sinuplasty at his Boca Raton, FL clinic.
Left unchecked, sinusitis may damage the sinuses or develop into more dangerous conditions.
Stages of Sinusitis
Sinusitis is most commonly caused by allergies, an infection, growths in the sinuses, or by a deviated nasal septum. The early symptoms of sinusitis include:
- Loss of smell
- Runny nose
- Sinus pressure
- Stuffy nose
- Drainage from the sinuses
Left untreated, sinusitis can advance through increasingly dangerous stages.
- Acute sinusitis: The earliest stage of sinusitis is characterized by cold-like symptoms that persist after the cold or flu has passed. Patients often experience a stuffy nose and facial pain for two to four weeks.
- Subacute sinus inflammation: This stage of inflammation can last from one to three months.
- Chronic inflammation: This serious stage of sinusitis can last three months or longer if untreated.
- Recurrent sinusitis: When symptoms of sinusitis return several times within a year, patients are said to have recurrent sinusitis.
As sinusitis lingers, the symptoms can become more severe. In advanced cases of chronic sinusitis, individuals may experience fatigue, complete nasal blockage, pus draining from the nose, and fever. Potential complications for chronic and recurrent sinusitis include meningitis (infection of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord), secondary infections to the bone (osteomyelitis) and surrounding skin area (cellulitis), a brain abscess, temporary or permanent loss of smell, and vision problems if the infection spreads to the eye socket.
Prevent Sinusitis Complications With Balloon Sinuplasty
One treatment that can prevent complications from sinusitis is balloon sinuplasty. After undergoing the outpatient procedure, patients can enjoy long-term relief from sinusitis and better overall health outcomes.
Balloon sinuplasty uses a small inflatable balloon to relieve sinus pressure while expanding the size of sinus cavities. After local or general anesthesia has been administered, Dr. Ress will insert a guide wire catheter with a tiny balloon attached to the end through one of your nostrils. Once the balloon has reached the area of blockage and swelling, the balloon will be gently inflated. Then, he will rinse our debris from the affected area, and the balloon will be withdrawn. The procedure can often be performed in a little over an hour, and patients are released soon after. Most patients report minimal discomfort associated with the procedure.
Patients who undergo sinusitis can benefit from:
- Instant relief
- A lower risk for complications associated with sinusitis
- A convenient procedure
- Quick recovery time (usually 24 hours)
- Longterm relief from sinusitis
Contact Us Today
Untreated sinusitis can lead to more dangerous complications. If you suffer from symptoms of sinusitis and wish to experience long-term relief, Dr. Ress will be glad to examine your symptoms at his Boca Raton, FL office and recommend treatment, which may include balloon sinuplasty. Once you have undergone the treatment, you can benefit from relief from sinusitis and the knowledge that you are no longer at risk for complications related to sinusitis. To learn more about balloon sinuplasty or to schedule your first appointment, contact us online or call (561) 353-7377.