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If you are suffering from chronic sinusitis, balloon sinuplasty may be the answer you’re looking for.
If you’ve been dealing with nasal congestion, post-nasal drip and facial pressure for months on end, you may be dealing with a chronic sinus infection. Both acute and chronic sinusitis cause inflammation within the nasal passages, which can also lead to obstructions and difficulty breathing. The only difference is that acute sinusitis will usually go away within a few weeks while chronic sinusitis can last more than 12 weeks. This is usually about the time patients schedule an appointment with our Fredericksburg, VA, otolaryngologists to find out if balloon sinuplasty is right for them.
What is balloon sinuplasty?
The minimally invasive procedure can finally provide patients with the relief they need that other home care and treatments just can’t. Of course, many patients don’t immediately want to turn to sinus surgery to correct nasal blockages, which is why balloon sinuplasty is an ideal option. It can alleviate symptoms almost immediately and doesn’t require surgery or incisions.
During balloon sinuplasty, our Fredericksburg, VA, ENT doctors will carefully guide an endoscope into the blocked nasal passage. At the end of the endoscope is a deflated balloon. Once the endoscope is in the ideal position we will inflate the balloon, which will open up the inflamed and blocked nasal passages to help drain the sinuses.
What are the benefits of balloon sinuplasty?
Many people are choosing to get balloon sinuplasty because it offers a simple but effective way to treat resistant and unresponsive forms of chronic sinusitis. Some of the benefits of balloon sinuplasty include,
- A quick procedure that is performed right here in our office under local anesthesia and sedation (we would be happy to discuss sedation options with you during your consultation)
- A faster recovery time and fewer post-procedural side effects
- You can go back to your normal routine with 24-48 hours after treatment
- Reduced risk for bleeding or infection
- Almost immediate relief and relief that can last up to two years
Ear, Nose and Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center has three locations in Fredericksburg, VA, Stafford, VA, and in Spotsylvania, VA, making it easy to get balloon sinuplasty, allergy testing, hearing screenings and more. To limit the spread of COVID-19, we are offering our patients the option of telemedicine visits. To learn more about balloon sinuplasty and if it’s right for you please call us at (540) 371-1226 to schedule a consultation.
There are so many irritating symptoms when it comes to allergies—itchy watery eyes, continuous sneezing, and a general mental fog are just some of the issues that face allergies patients. Allergies aren't just seasonal either, for some people suffer from allergies all year long.
As if these issues weren't enough, allergies can sometimes also cause chronic sinusitis, an incredibly uncomfortable condition that is caused by an inflammation of the sinuses. Fortunately, here at Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center (with two locations in Fredericksburg, and one in Stafford, VA), our team of ENT physicians can administer a Sinuplasty to alleviate your sinusitis issues.
More about sinuplasty treatment
About 28 million Americans suffer from chronic sinusitis today. If you are one of them and are tired of dealing with the inflamed and swollen sinuses associated with the condition, a sinuplasty can alleviate these uncomfortable symptoms for at least two months. A sinus surgery in which your surgeons use balloons to expand sinus openings, a sinuplasty is similar to an angioplasty, in which a balloon is used to open blocked blood vessels.
During treatment, your doctor in Stafford or Fredericksburg uses a saline solution to remove mucus build up and provide symptom relief. Performed after the administration of local anesthetic for a pain-free experience, sinuplasty provides a host of procedural advantageous as compared to conventional sinus surgery, including:
- Less trauma to surrounding tissue
- Preservation of the natural sinus openings
- Less recovery time
Seeking relief from sinusitis? Give us a call
If you are interested in learning more about sinuplasty treatment, call one of Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center's multiple locations in Fredericksburg and Stafford, VA, today, by dialing (540) 371-1226.