How Does Balloon Sinuplasty Work?
The occasional sinus infection can typically be treated with other the counter medication and standard treatments, but if you suffer from chronic sinus infections and inflammation (sinusitis), you may find relief with a simple minimally invasive procedure known as a balloon sinuplasty. Dr. Richard Nass, an otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat doctor) in Manhattan, NY, recommends the procedure when other treatments fail to provide relief, or for chronic sinus infections that last more than 12 weeks.
Balloon Sinuplasty in Manhattan, NY
When the sinus cavity and nasal passages are narrowed due to inflammation, it causes difficulty breathing and prevents mucus and fluid from draining properly, leading to buildup and greater risk of infection. If you suffer from sinus issues, you are probably very familiar with the painful headache, pressure, and discomfort caused by blocked sinuses. A balloon sinuplasty uses a small catheter to open and clear the nasal passage without surgery.
The first step is to insert the device into the nasal passage. The balloon is then inflated to open and clear sinus cavity. Saline is then sprayed into the sinus cavity to flush it out and drain the built up fluid and mucus. Once the balloon catheter is removed, the cavity remains open and clear.
When Should You Consider a Balloon Sinuplasty?
If you are suffering from sinus problems, the first step is to schedule an appointment with an ENT doctor if your symptoms persist for more than a few days or do not clear up with over the counter medications, or clear up and then return. You may benefit from balloon sinuplasty if you are experiencing the following symptoms (related to sinus problems):
- Pain and pressure behind your eyes, temples, forehead, and nose
- Yellow or green mucus discharge
- Decreased sense of smell
- Nasal congestion
The procedure is available for both children and adults.
Find an ENT Doctor in Manhattan, NY
For more information about balloon sinuplasty and sinusitis management and treatment, contact our office by calling (212) 734-4515 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Nass today.