Sinusitis isn’t just annoying – it can be very painful, and it can affect every area of your life, from working to playing to even sleeping. You have a few options when it comes to dealing with your sinusitis; one of these is balloon sinuplasty. Read on for some more information about balloon sinuplasty and how it may be able to help you!
What is balloon sinuplasty?
Balloon sinuplasty (also called “balloon sinus dilation”) can help patients with recurrent or chronic sinus infections, patients who snore or who have sleep apnea, and patients who have allergies, postnasal drip, sinus headaches, or nasal polyps (growths in the sinuses).
Problems can start when sinuses become inflamed or swollen, which makes it easy for mucus to get trapped in the sinuses. This is not only very painful, causing constant facial pain and pressure, but the fluid can also start to collect germs, which can cause an infection. This may happen after you’ve had a cold, if you have allergies, or if you have nasal polyps or a deviated septum.
Balloon sinuplasty is done in your doctor’s office under IV sedation. A tiny balloon is inserted into the sinuses, which is then inflated to enlarge the sinus. This gives the sinuses a chance to drain thoroughly. The balloon is then removed. Because the sinuses have been drained, congestion, sinus headaches, and sinus infections are reduced.
There are many benefits to balloon sinuplasty, besides feeling better! It is a nonsurgical procedure, so you won’t have any visible scarring or bruising. The procedure time is short, and so is the recovery time, and most patients are back to their regular activities in only a few hours. Most patients feel, at most, a mild discomfort after the procedure, which can be relieved with an over-the-counter pain medication. Your doctor may also recommend a prescription medicated saline rinse, to help flush out any remaining fluid and prevent infection.
Balloon sinuplasty may be the solution for your annoying, painful sinus issues. Contact Nevada Sinus Relief in Las Vegas, NV, for a balloon sinuplasty consultation. Call (702) 805-1550 for an appointment today!