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Most people experience problems with their sinuses at some point in their lives. From colds to allergies or other respiratory infections, sinus problems are a minor nuisance for most people. However, some people suffer from chronic sinus problems and may need balloon sinuplasty in Fredericksburg, VA, or Stafford, VA, to get relief. Contact our team at the Ear, Nose and Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center to see if you’re a candidate for this minimally invasive procedure.
What Is Balloon Sinuplasty?
A balloon sinuplasty in Fredericksburg, VA or Stafford, VA unblocks sinus passageways using a tiny balloon that's inserted through the nostrils. Under general anesthetic, doctors perform the procedure by guiding a small wire equipped with the balloon through the nasal passageways.
Once inserted, doctors inflate the balloon to open the passageways. Once the passageways become fully open, doctors will deflate the balloon and withdraw it from the sinus passageway. After the procedure, a patient's nasal passageways will start to drain and function normally.
Balloon Sinuplasty Benefits
Any surgical procedure under general anesthetic poses some risks. However, a balloon sinuplasty is a safe and effective way to restore proper sinus function. Additionally, doctors don't need to cut tissue or make any incisions to insert the balloon. So, the procedure results in less pain, bruising, swelling and bleeding. Recovery times are also far less than those of patients who've had traditional surgery.
Are You a Good Candidate?
If you suffer chronic sinus problems for more than six months, you may be a good candidate for the procedure. Other symptoms that might make you a good candidate include:
- Chronic nasal mucus discharge or blockage
- Persistent sinus infections (four or more) during a 12-month period
- Frequent pain around the eyes
- Problems breathing through the nose
- Persistent coughing/throat irritation
- Chronic fatigue/sleep disruptions
- Frequent sinus headaches
If you have chronic sinus problems as a result of polyps, you may not be a good candidate for the procedure. Additionally, you may not be suitable for the procedure if you have a deviated septum.
To find out if you're an ideal candidate for a balloon sinuplasty in Fredericksburg, VA or Stafford, VA, schedule your comprehensive evaluation with our team of doctors today at the Ear, Nose and Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center by calling (540) 371-1226.
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.
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.