What is sinusitis?
Sinusitis, a sinus infection, is inflammation or swelling in the lining of the sinuses. When the sinus passages become blocked, mucus can’t drain out and infections can occur. Blockages can be caused by cold, seasonal allergies, polyps and/or a deviated septum (link).
Sinusitis can be acute, lasting for no longer than four weeks or it can be chronic, with symptoms lasting longer than 12 weeks.
Common symptoms include facial pain, tenderness and swelling around the sinuses (eyes, cheeks, nose, forehead), loss of sense of smell or taste, difficulty breathing through the nose, sore throat from nasal discharge, bad breath, headache, teeth pain and/or fatigue.
What is Balloon Sinuplasty?
The Balloon Sinuplasty™ system is a group of medical devices that are used to create openings in the patient’s sinuses. The devices use a small, flexible balloon that is placed into the nose to reach the sinuses. The balloon is gradually inflated to gently restructure the previously blocked nasal passage, restoring normal sinus drainage. The procedure can be done in the office with topical anesthesia or under general anesthesia.
What does Balloon Sinuplasty treat?
Balloon Sinuplasty is used to treat recurrent and/or chronic sinusitis. These types of sinusitis typically last longer than 12 weeks and/or occur several different times per year.
What is the recovery time?
Recovery times vary depending on the patient, but most can return to work and normal activities within two days.
What are the risks with Balloon Sinuplasty?
Balloon Sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure with generally low complication rates. However, risks include tissue and mucosal trauma, infection or potential optic injury. The experts at Gwinnett ENT will discuss the risks and benefits of this procedure to help determine if it is the right method of treatment for you.
To find out if Balloon Sinuplasty is right for you or to schedule an appointment at Gwinnett ENT, call 678-312-7390.