Posts for: May, 2020
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.