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For those suffering from chronic sinusitis, Houston Sinus and Allergy is now offering a new simple office procedure called balloon sinuplasty, or balloon sinus dilation, which can provide immediate and long-lasting relief. Say goodbye to the uncomfortable feelings of sinus headaches, congestion, fever, fatigue and loss of smell and taste.
More than 37 million Americans suffer from sinusitis every year, making it one of the most common health conditions in the country. The impact of chronic sinusitis can extend beyond nasal and sinus symptoms, where sufferers experience challenges to their quality of life, sleep, and work productivity.
Traditionally, those who suffer from the pain, pressure and other symptoms of recurring and persisting sinus infections have two routes to relief:
1) Medical therapy (antibiotics, steroids, etc.)
2) Functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS)
While medications can be used to minimize the discomfort of symptoms, they aren’t fixing the underlying drainage problem. With surgery, the procedure requires the cutting of nasal bone or tissue to fix the problem.
Fortunately, Houston Sinus and Allergy is offering an alternative. Balloon sinuplasty, a procedure that can be done with local anesthesia in our office, can reopen the sinus pathways and restore drainage. In a single office visit, our experienced Dr. Nguyen can perform the safe and effective procedure, allowing you to breathe properly again and not experience any more pain.
There are many reasons why balloon sinuplasty has become a preferred method for treating sinusitis.
Some of the benefits include:
Poor sinus drainage, which leads to infection and discomfort, is the source of persistent or recurring sinus pain. While balloon sinuplasty is an effective solution to sinusitis, you’ll need to qualify for the procedure. Take our “Chronic and Recurrent Sinusitis Quiz” to see if you qualify for this revolutionary treatment.
The process for balloon sinuplasty is relatively quick and painless, and is performed while the patient is relaxed under local anesthesia.
1) A balloon catheter is inserted into the inflamed sinus
2) The balloon is inflated to expand the sinus opening
3) Saline is sprayed into the inflamed sinus to flush out pus and mucus
4) The system is removed, leaving sinuses open
When the sinus balloon is inflated, it restructures and widens the walls of the sinus passageway while maintaining the integrity of the sinus lining.
Make an appointment with Dr. Nguyen today to determine if balloon sinus dilation is right for you, and get the relief you need. So book an assessment , or visit our Houston clinic and treat your sinusitis today!
Balloon sinuplasty is a surgical procedure for treating inflamed or blocked sinuses. During the operation, your surgeon will use a small balloon, place it in the affected part of your nose and then inflate it slowly. After the balloon is inflated, it presses against the sinus walls and widens the air pathways.
After that, your surgeon will introduce a saline solution to flush the sinus walls and remove bacteria. Unlike most traditional ENT surgeries that require an incision, balloon sinuplasty in Houston is quick and convenient. So, within 24 to 48 hours, you can go back to your normal activities at home, work or school.
Balloon sinuplasty is an advanced but highly effective surgical procedure that allows the surgeon to get to the root of the sinus problem. So, if you have tried other sinus treatments without the desired relief, you could be a candidate for balloon sinuplasty.
But before you’re scheduled for this operation, you need to have a thorough medical test. This allows your surgeon to use imaging tests like CT scans and x-rays to see the sinuses and surrounding areas clearly. If antibiotics and other types of therapies don’t treat your sinus infection well, you may need to have a balloon sinuplasty.
Dr. Nguyen offers a single-day diagnosis for all sinus problems as long as you have an insurance plan. After conducting the relevant tests, he’ll schedule you to have sinuplasty surgery based on the results obtained from the tests. Then, you’ll receive instructions on how to prepare for your operation.
During your medical assessment, Dr. Nguyen will show you how to prepare for your balloon sinuplasty procedure. About two weeks before the procedure, he may ask you to stop taking some medications, supplements and herbs. He’ll also ask you to stay away from smoking and alcohol to prevent unnecessary bleeding during and after surgery. Within two weeks before you come in for surgery, you should avoid consuming:
On the day before the surgical procedure:
After the operation, you should be able to resume your normal activities within 24 to 48 hours. However, it’s safest to have someone else drive you home. During the week after the procedure, it’s normal to see some blood or mucus coming from your nose, but it should stop within a week.
Dr. Nguyen may ask you not to blow your nose for the next one to two days. You should also sleep with your head raised up to avoid discomfort from drainage. Reduce the intensity of your activities for a week and take any prescribed medication according to the doctor’s instructions.
For more details about how to treat sinusitis with balloon sinuplasty, contact Dr. Nguyen at Houston Sinus & Allergy now. You can also schedule an assessment of your condition to discover the best treatment option to use if you reside within or close to Houston, TX or Cypress/Jersey Village in Texas.