Everyone who has suffered through the temporary nasal congestion because of a cold or the flu can understand the misery of never-ending congestion, pressure, and pain of chronic sinusitis. At South Florida Ear, Nose and Throat in Lehigh Acres, Florida, Michael Jaindl, MD, has a solution for ongoing sinusitis: in-office balloon sinuplasty. This simple procedure clears your sinuses, delivering results that are meant to be permanent. To learn more about balloon sinuplasty, call the office today.
Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that opens sinuses that are blocked due to chronic sinusitis. The team at South Florida Ear, Nose and Throat performs balloon sinuplasty in the office using a slender, flexible balloon catheter, guiding the instrument through your nostrils to the inflamed sinus.
Membranes lining the inside of your sinuses produce mucus that drains through a small opening and flows into your nasal passageways. The mucus membranes can become inflamed due to allergies or a viral infection. As swollen membranes block the opening, mucus stays trapped inside the sinus, and you develop an infection called acute sinusitis.
Your acute sinusitis becomes chronic sinusitis when the inflammation lasts longer than 12 weeks. At this stage, the infection has usually healed, yet you continue to have ongoing sinus inflammation and symptoms such as nasal congestion, pressure, and pain around your sinuses, and discolored nasal discharge. Some patients also develop headaches and lose their sense of smell.
You may be a good candidate for balloon sinuplasty when you meet several criteria. For starters, the team at South Florida Ear, Nose and Throat must verify that your chronic sinusitis is not the result of structural problems such as nasal polyps or allergies.
After ruling out other underlying problems, your doctor treats your chronic sinusitis with medications to reduce the inflammation and help your sinuses drain. If your symptoms fail to improve with conservative treatment, the next step may be a balloon sinuplasty.
After giving you a topical anesthetic, your South Florida Ear, Nose and Throat provider uses a small guide to enter the sinuses through the nose. A small balloon is advanced over the guide and into the sinus opening where the dilation is performed.
Your provider inflates the balloon, which enlarges the opening, and cleans the sinus with saline water. Pressure from the balloon gently restructures the sinus passageway. As a result, it stays open after the balloon is removed and normal sinus drainage is restored.
As a minimally invasive procedure, in-office balloon sinuplasty causes less pain, bleeding, and no bruising compared to other types of nasal surgery. You’ll also have minimal downtime; most patients are back to their normal activities within two days.
To learn if you’re a good candidate for balloon sinuplasty, call South Florida Ear, Nose and Throat today.