Sinusitis, or the inflammation of the sinus membranes, can be a serious condition. It is a source of pain and discomfort for almost 37 million Americans annually. Fortunately, there are in-office treatments for the illness that can restore comfort and normal sinus function for most people in a relatively short period of time.
Sinusitis is relatively common and can be marked by headaches and pressure and pain in the face, especially around the eyes, cheeks and forehead. In addition, swelling in the face and nasal congestion accompanied by green or yellow discharge, fever, coughing and headaches are common markers of this problem.
Generally, it starts with another illness like a cold or from pre-existing medical conditions such as polyps, allergies or a deviated septum. When congestion blocks the sinuses, they have a difficult time draining which can lead to infection.
Common treatments for sinus infections include medications like antihistamines, decongestants and steroid sprays. Antibiotics can sometimes attack the infection while other medications are used to treat the symptoms. In some cases, the problem is chronic or persistent and surgical options may be pursued.
Surgery for chronic sinusitis usually is done as an endoscopic procedure. This means the doctor uses a long, flexible and thin tube with an attached light to look at the problem. Tissue or polyps can then be removed to open up the cavities and help restore drainage.
In many cases of chronic sinusitis, balloon sinuplasty has proven very effective in treating the illness. It is not as invasive as other surgical procedures, requiring no cutting of the bone or tissue inside the nose. Rather, a catheter is used to inflate the cavity. This allows the doctor to widen the nasal passages and restore drainage as normal.
There are many advantages to this procedure, including:
- Less bleeding since there are no incisions
- Much less invasive than traditional surgical options
- Recovery in as little as one day after the operation
- Outpatient procedure which can be done right in the doctor’s office
- Cost-saving when compared to other forms of surgery
- Common and routine with few risks
Is It the Right Option?
Your Atlanta ENT doctor can help to advise you if balloon sinuplasty is the best option for your problems. But in general, if you have suffered more than four sinus infections in the past year, if drugs have failed to correct the problem or if you experience any of the above symptoms, then it may be a good option to explore.
Studies have shown that patients who receive this procedure notice an immediate improvement in their symptoms and in their overall quality of life. This procedure is proven to work, is safe and routine and allows for quick recovery.
If you are suffering with chronic and severe sinus inflammation, you should seek medical attention to have the problem addressed. We are here to help if you have any questions or need more information. Give us a call today.