Understanding Balloon Sinuplasty for Sinusitis

If you are a frequent sufferer of sinusitis, you struggle through long bouts of headaches, congestion and other discomforts. Use this information to help you understand whether balloon sinuplasty may work for you. This could very help change your life.

What is sinusitis?

Sinusitis is a swelling of the sinus lining. If the sinuses become blocked due to this swelling, mucus will not drain. This can lead to painful sinus infections. Sinusitis lasts four to 12 weeks. For longer periods, you should see an Ears, nose and throat doctor right away.

Common Symptoms of Sinusitis

If you had at least one of these symptoms for an extended period of time, you would most likely benefit from a consultation to consider BPS.

Common symptoms of sinusitis include:
• Facial pain
• Soreness around the eyes, cheeks, nose and forehead
• Sinus pressure or sinus congestion
• Inability breathing through the nose
• Reduction or loss of the sense of smell or taste
• Sinus Headache
• Yellow or green mucus
• Teeth pain
• Fatigue
• Sore throat from nasal discharge
• Bad breath

Balloon Sinuplasty

Balloon sinuplasty is a breakthrough in endoscopic sinus surgery. Balloon Sinuplasty, or BSP, is a effective sinus procedure for patients seeking relief from uncomfortable chronic sinusitis. This procedure can be performed in an ENT doctor’s office. It is safer and less invasive that older surgery methods and has a faster recovery time.

Balloon Sinuplasty Safer and Less Invasive

During the procedure, there is the nasal bone is not cut nor is the tissue. More than 380,000 people have chronic sinusitis symptoms treated by ear, nose and throat doctors using Balloon Sinuplasty. In a study that tracked patients for 2 years, following their Balloon Sinuplasty , most chronic sinusitis patients report a great improvement in sinus symptoms and quality of life.

Recovery Time

Recovery time varies by patient, but is pretty fast. In a recent study of in-office balloon dilation, most patients returned normal activity within 2 days. If you have been diagnosed with chronic sinusitis and the medicine you are on doesn’t work, oryou experience continuous acute rhinosinusitis, you may be the ideal candidate for sinus surgery. BSP is now a proven, minimally-invasive technology, which requires an an EMT to treat patients with chronic and recurrent acute sinusitis.

With Balloon Sinuplasty, your surgeon will open inflamed sinuses just like a heart surgeon does to open blocked arteries during balloon angioplasty. Traditional sinus surgery is more invasive. The surgery relieves symptoms after swelling abates. Best of all, recovery is so fast that you will be able to return to work right away. Unlike conventional surgery, it does not include removal of bone or tissue from the nose. And, Balloon Sinuplasty is now offered by some doctors right in their office. Since only local anesthesia is used, there is no need for a hospital stay.