Sinusitis - inflamed sinuses - (the hollow spaces within bones that surround your nose), swell or become infected, thus impeding the flow of air through the nose. Symptoms may include coughing, congestion, fever, fatigue, and weakness. You may also experience postnasal drip, or mucus draining into your throat.
Types of Sinusitis Include:
Balloon sinuplasty is an endoscopic procedure that treats chronic sinusitis symptoms. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved, minimally invasive method uses a small, flexible sinus balloon catheter to reopen blocked sinus passageways, restoring normal function and drainage. In other words, it opens up your sinuses, bringing relief from bothersome symptoms.
Compared to other sinus surgeries, balloon sinuplasty brings a shorter, less painful recovery period, and minimal bleeding. This is because no bones or tissue are cut during the procedure.
Dr. Hennessee offers balloon sinuplasty in an office setting for patients who qualify. The less invasive option uses only local anesthesia, making it a valuable choice for people who cannot undergo general anesthesia. It also offers a fast recovery time, allowing most people to return to their usual activities within about 2 days. The setting is comfortable and out-of-pocket costs tend to be lower. Patients also tend to report high satisfaction following the procedure.
Balloon sinuplasty can help minimize sinus problems for children. While it is considered safe and effective, Dr. Hennessee can determine if it is the best option for your child.
There are 4 main steps to balloon sinuplasty:
Balloon sinuplasty is gentler and less invasive than other sinus surgeries, so complications are less likely. That said, it does bring risks such as infection, trauma to tissue or mucosa, and optic injury.