Sinusitis affects an estimated 35 million people each year, making it more common than asthma or heart disease. The skilled team at the Center for Sleep and Nasal Sinus Disorders offers minimally invasive sinus balloon dilation to relieve chronic sinus infections and recurrent acute rhinosinusitis. The in-office procedure is conveniently available in Goshen and South Bend, Indiana. To find out whether you’re a candidate for in-office sinus balloon dilation, call today to book a consultation with board-certified ear, nose, and throat specialist Doug Liepert, MD.
Your sinuses are hollow pockets in your head that are connected to your nasal cavity. Sinuses perform important functions, including producing mucus to keep your nose from drying out.
A small opening in each sinus allows mucus to drain, but sometimes that natural drainage process is blocked, causing a build-up of mucus. The result can lead to a sinus infection and a host of very uncomfortable symptoms, including headache, pressure, and congestion.
A recurring sinus infection is called chronic sinusitis. Depending on the frequency of your infections, the team at the Center for Sleep and Nasal Sinus Disorders may suggest in-office sinus balloon dilation, a minimally invasive procedure.
Sinus balloon dilation doesn’t involve incisions or removing bone or tissue, unlike conventional sinus surgery. Instead, the treatment uses a small inflatable balloon that’s gently inserted in your sinus to treat chronic sinusitis. Since the procedure is performed in-office with local anesthesia, you avoid the stress and hassle of going to the hospital for surgery.
The team at the Center for Sleep and Nasal Sinus Disorders discusses whether this therapy is right for you. Generally, it’s recommended if you have recurrent acute rhinosinusitis or you have chronic sinusitis that hasn’t improved with medications.
Your provider inserts a slim balloon catheter into your inflamed sinus and inflates the balloon. The balloon expands the opening of your sinus, widening and remodeling the walls of the sinus passageway.
Your provider sprays a harmless salt solution into your sinus to flush out mucus and pus that had accumulated there. They remove the deflated balloon catheter, leaving your sinus cavity open.
Sinus balloon dilation requires little downtime. Most patients return to work and their normal routine within two days of the in-office therapy.
A study of patients who had the procedure found a lasting improvement. Patients enjoyed a good quality of life with fewer symptoms of chronic sinusitis two years after sinus balloon dilation.
If medications haven’t improved recurrent acute rhinosinusitis or chronic sinusitis, perhaps it’s time to consider a minimally invasive sinus procedure to help free you from uncomfortable symptoms.
Call the Center for Sleep and Nasal Sinus Disorders today to schedule a consultation and learn more about the advantages of in-office sinus balloon dilation.