Chronic sinusitis sufferers often put off having their symptoms checked out by an ear, nose and throat specialist. Oftentimes what keeps people from finding relief is the horror stories they’ve heard of badly-done nasal surgeries.
It’s true, nasal surgery wasn’t very pleasant even a decade ago. Today’s technology, specifically the Balloon Sinuplasty procedure, has improved people’s symptoms, drastically reduced recovery time and the discomfort usually associated with facial surgery. In short, there is relief from the annoying and frustrating symptoms of sinusitis.
Physicians at South Valley Ear, Nose & Throat are experts in diagnosing and treating people who qualify for the Balloon Sinuplasty procedure. Dr. Meads, Peterson, Gilbert and Anderson have collectively done hundreds of cases and are confident in helping all kinds of chronic sinusitis patients.
Usually Balloon Sinuplasty is saved for those who don’t respond well to medications. The procedure is simple: the patient is put under local or general anesthesia and a physician inserts a catheter into the nose. Once the wire is in the blocked area, the physician inflates a tiny balloon to enlarge the space (this procedures is very much like how heart surgeons inflate blocked arteries). Once the balloon is deflated, the wire is removed. The goal is to have the sinus permanently opened.
After surgery, patients will have some nasal packing to help limit normal surgery drainage. Many people do not have much pain after the Balloon Sinuplasty procedure. Generally, the discomfort, congestion and drainage should improve after the first few days.
Of course, every patient is different and results vary. However, the vast majority of patients do extremely well after Balloon Sinuplasty and recommend it to others who suffer from similar sinus pain.
If you are not having success in reducing your sinus symptoms (no matter what the season), call South Valley Ear, Nose & Throat today and make an appointment. Our qualified physicians will take the time to understand your specific case and will present options. If Balloon Sinuplasty is for you, take that chance to find relief today.