Sinus pressure is associated with discomfort in the cheekbones, nose, and forehead area. The feeling of pressure can intensify with sudden movement or when bending over. Sinus pressure can have many causes.
When sinus pressure is caused by prolonged inflammation of the tissue lining the sinuses, also known as sinusitis, it can be more difficult to treat. Your doctor may recommend balloon sinuplasty as an effective treatment for your sinus pressure. During the procedure, a small, inflatable balloon is used to gently relieve pressure in your sinuses. The results can end the symptoms of sinus pressure for years or longer. Dr. Ress, a renown sinus surgeon, performs the procedure at his Boca Raton, FL clinic.
Causes of Sinus Pressure
There are many potential causes of sinus pressure. The most common causes of sinus pressure are bacteria, viruses, and allergens, which can all cause sinusitis. These intruders cause swelling in the nasal passageways, which can reduce or block airflow. A common secondary reaction is the enlargement of the blood vessels that line the nose. The resulting expansion of nasal tissue causes the feeling of pressure in your sinuses. Sinus pressure is often accompanied by other symptoms, such as congestion, ear pressure, headache, cough, and fatigue.
Other causes of sinus pressure include:
- Deviated septum: If the nasal septum is crooked, it could result in the blockage of sinus passages or lead to sinus infections.
- Nasal polyps: Polyps grow on the mucous membranes inside the sinuses and can create blockages.
- Disease: Certain diseases that affect the immune system can lead to nasal blockage.
- Sinusitis: When sinuses remain inflamed for two weeks or more, it can be a sign of sinusitis. Dr. Ress will evaluate your sinuses to determine if you have sinusitis.
- Narrow sinuses: The size of sinus cavities is partly determined by genetics.
- Overuse of nasal decongestants: Overuse of certain forms of nasal sprays can result in swelling and stuffiness.
How Balloon Sinuplasty Relieves Sinus Pressure
Balloon sinuplasty relieves sinus pressure by removing excess fluids and mucus in your sinus cavities while expanding the size of your sinus cavities. Before your treatment, Dr. Ress will administer general anesthesia. Once you are comfortable, he 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, saline rinse will flush debris from the affected area, and the balloon will be withdrawn. The procedure takes one to two hours to complete, and patients are free to leave soon after. Most patients report little to no discomfort associated with the procedure.
Benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty
Patients who undergo balloon sinuplasty can benefit from:
- Relief from sinus pressure: Balloon sinuplasty clears excess mucus and fluids from sinuses, thus relieving sinus pressure.
- Long-term relief: Most patients report relief from sinus pressure symptoms for multiple 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 in the weeks following balloon sinuplasty. Fortunately, there’s minimal need for bedrest following this treatment.
Learn How Balloon Sinuplasty Can Treat Your Sinus Pressure
Balloon sinuplasty is a popular and effective treatment for sinus pressure. The outpatient procedure has a low risk of complications, and the benefits are quickly experienced. If you are interested in pursuing the benefits of balloon sinuplasty, Dr. Ress can guide you through the process while answering all your questions. To learn more, contact our Boca Raton, FL office online or call (561) 353-7377.