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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.
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.