Drainage, facial tenderness, reduced sense of smell and taste: the symptoms of chronic sinusitis can be difficult to deal with. Sometimes, surgery is required to give patients with these issues any sort of relief. However, there is now an in-office procedure that is available to those dealing with chronic sinusitis (sinusitis which lasts more than 8 weeks). The doctors at Alexandria Otolaryngology Associates are experts at a procedure called Balloon Sinuplasty, a less-invasive procedure that is proven to be effective and provide a fast recovery from the trials of chronic sinusitis.
Unlike other sinus surgeries, Balloon Sinuplasty is a procedure that does not require any cutting or removal of bone or tissue. During the procedure, your doctor inserts a small, flexible balloon catheter into the sinus cavity. Once inserted, this balloon is inflated to expand into the sinus opening. This relieves the blocked passages typical in patients suffering from sinusitis.
When the balloon is inflated, the sinuses are restructured. This widens the sinus walls and discourages future issues, while maintaining the integrity of the sinus lining. Once the catheter is removed, the sinuses remain open. Clinical data has proven the procedure’s lasting results: patients have experienced no device-related issues and have reported statistically and clinically significant improvements in their symptoms.
The effects of Balloon Sinuplasty can provide lasting relief. In a study that tracked patients two years after their procedure, the overwhelming majority of patients reported meaningful improvement in both sinus symptoms and quality of life. Generally, recovery is fast: most patients return to normal activity within two days. If you’re experiencing the difficulties of chronic sinusitis, why wait? Come in to Alexandria Otolaryngology Associates, and ask your doctor if Balloon Sinuplasty could be the right choice for you.