In an ideal world, your sinuses will be clear and pain-free every day. Sickness should be the exception, not the rule; living with chronic sinus pain is something you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy. Balloon sinuplasty, a relatively new procedure adapted from the successful angioplasty process used during heart surgery, can help individuals struggling with constant headaches, congestion, and other symptoms of inflamed sinuses. Since it was recognized in 2005 by the FDA, it has become the go-to surgery for suffering sinus patients. Why is balloon sinuplasty so popular? The safe procedure has many benefits which make it a perfect cure for long term sinus pain.
Tired of dealing with headaches, sinus pressure, and pain?
It’s not unusual to deal with periodic headaches, runny noses, and sinus pressure but when it becomes the norm you need to address it. Chronic sinus pain is caused by a condition which inflames the sinus membranes. When the membranes become inflamed, mucus cannot pass through and instead backs up in the sinus cavities. This constant pressure leads to the telltale headaches and pressure which indicate sinus problems. Balloon sinuplasty saves the day by using a balloon to manually inflate the sinus cavities, allowing for congestion to drain out. It’s often combined with a saline solution to help drain mucus, but that’s not always needed. While an inflating balloon in your head might sound frightening, it’s not: the process is completely safe and, while considered a ‘surgery’, is minimally invasive.
Recovery time is very short.
With balloon sinuplasty, there are no incisions whatsoever. Instead, a medical professional inserts a small balloon catheter through the patient’s nose to the sinus cavities. The balloon is then inflated, expanding the cavities’ width without damaging the structure or requiring bone removal. After the area has been cleared, the balloon is deflated, the catheter is removed, and the patient will be on their way to recovery. Since the process is minimally invasive, only a local anesthetic is usually applied, allowing for even faster recovery time. The recommended recovery time is typically two days, at which point the patient can resume their normal life. There’s not even a need for a follow-up visit!
Stop sinus suffering for good.
Patients suffering from chronic sinus pain should consider balloon sinuplasty for long-lasting relief. Over the counter medications like Advil will often treat only the symptoms, providing temporary relief. Balloon sinuplasty goes straight to the cause and removes it, leaving patients immediately relieved. While follow up appointments aren’t necessary, patients who have returned to their doctor following a balloon sinuplasty have reported no unexpected side effects for years after. If you believe you may need balloon sinuplasty, contact Sinus Relief Center today by calling 702.312.3333.