FAQs about Balloon Sinuplasty
You wish you felt better. Again and again, you have headaches, pressure across your forehead, nasal congestion and more. Dr. Richard Nass, Manhattan otolaryngologist, often performs balloon sinuplasty, a minimally invasive surgical procedure that relieves the symptoms of chronic sinusitis. Learn more here about this quick and effective treatment and how you really can feel better.
FAQs about balloon sinuplasty
What are the sinuses?
You have four areas in your skull which are empty and air-filled. Lined with mucous membranes to keep circulating air moist, sinuses lighten your skull in weight and make your voice uniquely yours. Unfortunately, sinuses become infected when viruses, bacteria, allergens, environmental irritants, mold and fungi invade and stick around.
What is sinusitis?
An infection of the sinuses, sinusitis affects 37 million Americans every year, says the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Acute sinusitis lasts about ten days, whereas chronic sinusitis may drag on and on for months. Both feature types of sinusitis feature symptoms such as:
- Thick, yellow to green mucus
- Headache across the forehead
- Toothache pain
- Postnasal drip
- A full feeling in the face and head
Your ENT doctor uses physical examination, review of your symptoms, nasal endoscopy (inspection with a thin, lighted tube and camera) and digital imaging to determine the cause of chronic sinusitis. Often, injury or congenital defect, along with allergies or asthma, are the culprits.
What treatments relieve sinusitis?
Some infections clear by themselves. Others require antibiotics and decongestant nasal sprays. A simpler intervention, irrigation with a Neti pot, washes the sinuses with saline, relieving congestion and irritation.
What is balloon sinuplasty?
Some patients experience chronic sinusitis. These infections don't respond to antibiotic therapy, decongestants or other treatments. So, your Manhatten ENT doctor often recommends a procedure called balloon sinuplasty. Usually performed with benefit of general anesthesia, balloon sinuplasty involves insertion of a lighted catheter up the nostril and into the area of sinus blockage. Dr. Nass inflates a small balloon attached to the catheter, compressing the tissue causing the blockage. Then, he withdraws the balloon.
Will it hurt and make me sick?
Balloon sinuplasty does not hurt, but it may cause some residual bruising or tenderness. There is no cutting or suturing with this one-hour procedure. Patients find excellent relief for their symptoms and typically experience no real downtime.
Find out more
Dr. Richard Nass helps people who experience problems with their sinuses. Sinusitis can be managed so you feel, and breathe, better. Please phone his Manhattan office for a consultation: (212) 734-4515. You may book an appointment online, too.