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By Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center of Fredericksburg
April 15, 2021
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: Sinuplasty  

If you struggle with chronic sinusitis, balloon sinuplasty could be the solution. Ongoing sinus problems, in which the sinus passages become inflamed for extended periods, can cause facial pain and swelling and affect your ability to breathe through your nose.

Balloon sinuplasty helps by opening up the sinus passages. The highly skilled doctors at Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center in Stafford, and Fredericksburg, VA, can determine if sinuplasty is right for you.

How the Procedure Works

Balloon sinuplasty is a procedure for opening up the sinus passages so they drain better and you breathe easier. Balloon sinuplasty is performed as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia. Unlike other more invasive sinus procedures, no cutting or removal of bone and tissue is involved, which means there is a shorter recovery time. Many patients can return to normal activities a few days after the procedure.

The procedure is performed by inserting a flexible balloon catheter into the sinus passages and then slowly inflating the balloon, which gently expands and opens up the sinuses. The opened passages are then flushed with saline to clear out any mucus clogging the sinuses. After opening and clearing the sinus passages, the balloon is deflated and the catheter is removed. Following the procedure, the sinuses will remain open and there is usually no need to repeat the treatment.

The experienced doctors at our offices in Stafford, and Fredericksburg, VA,  can perform a sinuplasty to alleviate chronic sinusitis and help you breathe easier. Most patients only need to undergo the minor outpatient procedure once to enjoy open sinuses for life.

Benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty

Balloon sinuplasty has several benefits. Major benefits include being minimally invasive with no cutting or removal of bone or tissue and a short recovery time. The procedure is also extremely successful as the sinus passages remain open long-term so there is no need to repeat it again. Another benefit of sinuplasty is that it alleviates many of the symptoms of chronic sinusitis, including:

  • Nasal congestion and stuffiness
  • Difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Sinus headaches

Chronic sinusitis and its symptoms can affect your quality of life, but you don’t have to continue suffering. Balloon sinuplasty opens up the sinus passages so you can finally experience relief from ongoing nasal congestion. Schedule a consultation with one of our ENT doctors to learn more about sinuplasty by calling Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center in Fredericksburg, and Stafford, VA, at (540) 371-1226.

By Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center of Fredericksburg
May 11, 2020
Category: Otolaryngology

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.

By Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center of Fredericksburg
June 25, 2019
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: Sinusitis  

SinusitisThere 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.

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1708 Fall Hill Ave. Suite 100 Fredericksburg, VA 22401
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Stafford Location

282 Choptank Road Suite 107 Stafford, VA 22556
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Spotsylvania Location

4701 Spotsylvania Pkwy Suite 100 Fredericksburg, VA 22407
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