Balloon Sinuplasty

If you’re suffering from chronic sinusitis and have exhausted your treatment options, you may be a candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty. This minimally invasive surgical solution is a safe and effective method of enlarging your sinus passages for easier breathing and a reduction in sinusitis symptoms.

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What Is Sinusitis?

Chronic sinusitis is a widespread condition affecting 37 million Americans. This inflammation of the sinuses occurs when the sinus opening becomes blocked, preventing mucus from draining properly. It causes cold-like symptoms that include congestion, runny nose, sore throat, facial pain and swelling, loss of smell or taste, bad breath, fatigue and headache.

It is most often caused by infections and/or allergies, but can also occur as a result of nasal polyps, a deviated septum or head trauma. Medical solutions work for some, but others continue to suffer despite numerous attempts using a variety of treatments. Balloon Sinuplasty may be the answer.

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What’s Different About Balloon Sinuplasty?

Conventional sinus surgical procedures involve removing bone and tissue to enlarge the sinus openings and allow irrigations to clear the infection. It is usually done in the operating room under general anesthesia.

In comparison, Balloon Sinuplasty is quick  and relatively painless office-based procedure that has a low risk of complications or side effects. It is FDA-approved and considered a safe alternative to endoscopic sinus surgery.

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How Is Balloon Sinuplasty Performed?

Balloon Sinuplasty is typically performed in an outpatient setting, most commonly done in the office under local anesthesia.

The end result is open sinuses that enable normal breathing and drainage of fluids. Up to 90 percent of patients report a significant improvement in sinus symptoms following this procedure.1

If you are interested in Balloon Sinuplasty, call us today. Dr. Stolovitzky will take a look at your medical history and help you determine which sinus treatment options are best for you.

1 Medical Therapy Versus Balloon Sinus Dilation in Adults with Chronic Rhinosinusitis (MERLOT): 12-Month Follow-up. Stolovitzky JP, Mehendale N, Matheny KE, et.al. A. Am J Rhinol Allergy. 2018 Jul;32(4):294-302

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