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Find out how to finally alleviate your chronic sinusitis symptoms.
When we think of a sinus infection we often think of them as a minor nuisance that goes away on its own. But what if your symptoms don’t seem to go away? If you’ve had symptoms of sinusitis for 12 weeks or more then you could be dealing with a chronic infection. Chronic sinusitis will warrant a trip to our Fredericksburg, VA, otolaryngologists just to confirm that this is what’s causing your congested, stuffy or blocked nose.
The first line of defense against chronic sinusitis is to treat it with medications or simple at-home remedies like nasal washes and saline solutions. Of course, if these at-home measures aren’t providing you with relief then our Fredericksburg, VA, ENT doctor may recommend balloon sinuplasty.
What is balloon sinuplasty?
This minimally invasive procedure is a great alternative to traditional sinus surgery. During this procedure, our Fredericksburg, VA, ENT doctor will guide an endoscope, a thin flexible tube, through the blocked nasal cavity. At the end of this endoscope is a deflated balloon.
Once the endoscope is fully within the blocked passageway, we will slowly fill the balloon with air. As you might imagine, the balloon will continue to expand until it slowly opens up the blockage, allowing the sinuses to properly drain. Once the procedure is complete, the endoscope is removed but the nasal passages will remain open. The entire procedure can take anywhere from 60-90 minutes.
What are the benefits of this procedure?
The biggest benefit is that this procedure finally drains the sinuses and removes the blockage, making it easier to breathe again. It should also reduce or eliminate any facial pressure or pain you’ve been experiencing because of chronic sinusitis. This procedure is ideal for someone who hasn’t responded to medications or other treatment options.
Another benefit of balloon sinuplasty is that it’s a lot less invasive than traditional sinus surgery. Traditional surgery often requires incisions and/or the removal of tissue and (sometimes) bone. This also means that the patient will have a longer recovery period. Luckily this all changes with balloon sinuplasty.
First of all, there are absolutely no incisions or tissue and bone removal, which means that your recovery period will be significantly shorter. Most patients return to work just two days after their procedure. Secondly, side effects such as post-procedural bleeding or swelling are quite minimal compared to traditional surgery.
Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Centers is dedicated to providing comprehensive ENT care in Fredericksburg and Stafford, VA. If you are dealing with chronic nasal congestion or a nasal blockage then it’s time to find out how we can help you get the relief you deserve.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 29 million adults (slightly over 12%) have been diagnosed with sinusitis (sinus infection). A mild occasional sinus infection can often be treated with over the counter medication or self-care, but if you are suffering from severe nasal inflammation or chronic sinus infections, the physicians at the Ear, Nose and Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center in Stafford and Fredericksburg, VA, may recommend a balloon sinuplasty procedure.
Balloon Sinuplasty in Stafford and Fredericksburg
Sinusitis causes inflammation in the sinus cavity. Although sinusitis often has many of the same symptoms of a common cold, many cases are caused by a bacterial infection and require treatment with antibiotics. A sinus infection can also be caused by a fungal (viral) infection related to seasonal or environmental allergies.
According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, sinus infections affect approximately one in eight adults and are responsible for millions of doctor visits and dollars spent on prescription medication every year.
What is a Balloon Sinuplasty?
Inflammation causes the sinus cavity to narrow, which blocks the mucus in the sinus cavity from draining. A balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure that is used to gently open up the nasal passage so that the mucus buildup can be drained with a saline solution. Once your nasal passageway has been cleared, the balloon catheter is removed, leaving nasal passage open. A local anesthetic is applied before the procedure to minimize pressure and discomfort as your sinuses are dilated and cleared of buildup. Balloon sinuplasty is a non-surgical procedure, so the side effects and recovery time are typically much milder than a surgical procedure.
Find an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Doctor in Stafford and Fredericksburg
To learn more about balloon sinuplasty and other treatment options for sinusitis, contact the Ear, Nose and Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center by calling (540) 371-1226 to schedule an appointment today.
Would you like to find relief for your chronic sinusitis but aren't sure you want to undergo sinus surgery? Balloon sinuplasty offers many of the benefits of endoscopic sinus surgery without any cutting. The Stafford and Fredericksburg, VA, ENTs at Ear, Nose and Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center explain how the surgery works.
How is balloon sinuplasty different than endoscopic surgery?
During endoscopic surgery, your ENT inserts a thin, flexible scope that contains a camera into your sinuses. Once he identifies the issue responsible for your symptoms by viewing the images transmitted from the camera, he inserts small tools and cuts away tissue or bone to widen and clear your sinus passages. Endoscopic surgery is usually performed using general anesthesia.
Balloon sinuplasty offers a gentler approach to sinus surgery and can be performed using a local anesthetic. During the first step in the procedure, a wire is used to guide a small balloon catheter into your sinuses. Once the catheter is in place, the latex-free balloon is inflated. Inflating the balloon widens the walls of your sinuses, relieving congestion and other sinusitis symptoms. Irrigating your sinuses with saline solution washes away mucus and pus that have accumulated.
What are the benefits of balloon sinuplasty?
Because there's no cutting during the procedure, recovery is quicker and much less painful than endoscopic sinus surgery. In fact, you may only experience a little congestion after balloon sinuplasty. It usually takes a month or more to recover from endoscopic sinus surgery. Most people who undergo balloon sinuplasty return to work and their usual activities a day or two after their procedures. Balloon sinuplasty is effective for both adults and children.
General anesthesia can cause nausea and leave you feeling very groggy. Since balloon sinuplasty only requires local anesthetic, you won't have to worry about any of these issues, plus you'll be able to eat and drink before and after your procedure. Your nose and face will be numb when you leave our Fredericksburg or Stafford office, but you will feel alert.
Balloon sinuplasty offers an effective, minimally invasive way to treat chronic sinusitis. If you're interested in learning if the procedure is right for you, schedule an appointment with the ENTs at Ear, Nose and Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center by calling (540) 371-1226 to schedule an appointment at either the Fredericksburg or Stafford, VA, offices.
Balloon sinuplasty surgery in Fredricksburg, VA can be a rather complicated process so it’s important to be prepared.
When Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center of Fredericksburg recommends balloon sinuplasty surgery, it's typically only after you haven’t experienced any relief from your symptoms after exhausting every available treatment option. While surgery may sound rather scary, it’s important to learn everything you possibly can about your upcoming procedure so you aren’t surprised. The more you know the better. The doctors of Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center of Fredericksburg are here to demystify your upcoming surgery so you can feel better prepared.
What to Do Before Surgery
Since certain over-the-counter medications like aspirin or NSAID pain relievers can affect your procedure, we will recommend that you stop taking any of these medications about two weeks before your surgery to prevent bleeding. If you are taking blood thinners, tell us right away, as you will need to temporarily stop taking for a few weeks before and after your surgery.
Also please tell your Fredricksburg doctor about any vitamins or supplements you are taking. Certain supplements like ginseng and Vitamin E should be stopped prior to surgery.
The Day of Surgery
You will not be able to eat or drink anything after midnight before your surgery. We will instruct you as to which medications you are allowed to take the morning of your surgery. Since you will be under anesthesia, you need to have an empty stomach.
Your sinus surgery will most likely be performed under local anesthesia, which means that you will not be asleep for your surgery. After your surgery you will spend a few hours in recovery where we will monitor your vitals. Most patients are able to go home a few hours after their surgery. Since you will be under the effects of anesthesia, you will need someone to drive you home.
If you have any questions about your balloon sinuplasty surgery in Fredrickburg, VA, never hesitate to call our office. We are here to make your procedure as easy as possible for you.