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By Richard Nass, M.D.
August 23, 2018
Category: ENT Treatments
Tags: Sinus   Balloon Sinuplasty  

The occasional sinus infection can typically be treated with other the counter medication and standard treatments, but if you suffer from Balloon Sinuplasty Doctorchronic 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
  • Headaches
  • 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.

By Richard Nass M.D.
September 09, 2014
Category: ENT Health
Tags: Allergies   Sinus  
There are times when you should stop and smell the roses, but if you have nasal problems, that’s a little hard to do. Nasal issues are a common problem amongst adults and children, and most of these issues are hard to manage without professional care. 

Sinus Blockages 

This occurs when the narrow spot of the sinus, called the ostium, becomes irritated and swells. An inflammation of the tissue lining in the sinus can cause mucus blockage. If you can’t get rid of the mucus, germs (bacteria, fungi and viruses) can build up and cause a nasal infection.  

Deviated Nasal Septum 

This is a nasal problem that involves the naval septum (thin wall between your nostrils). When one side of the wall becomes smaller than the other, it’s called a deviated septum. Since a displaced nasal septum causes restricted airflow through the nostrils, it causes difficulty breathing. 

Allergies and Sinus Problems

In many cases, people have a nose sensitivity to the environment, which means that environmental factors trigger the immune system to react, causing the blood vessels in the nose to swell and cause a blockage. Other common symptoms related to allergies include:
  • Nasal drip
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy nose
While nasal problems don’t seem serious, allergies and nasal blockages can debilitate the senses on a daily basis. We work with our patients to create a treatment plan that targets the underlying problem so it’s a permanent solution, not temporary. 
Are you having sinus issues? If so, contact our Manhattan ENT office for a consultation. The number for the Manhattan office is (212) 734-4515. We look forward to speaking with you!