Sinusitis can cause such intense pain in your face and head that it makes it difficult to function normally. If you have chronic or recurrent sinusitis, Ramie A. Tritt, MD, of Atlanta ENT, Sinus & Allergy Associates, P.C. can help. The board-certified otolaryngologist uses minimally invasive balloon sinuplasty to relieve sinus pressure without the need for surgery. Call one of his two offices in Atlanta, Georgia, to find out more or schedule a consultation using the online booking tool.
Balloon sinuplasty is an FDA-approved procedure that can relieve the pain of chronic sinusitis. It's a minimally invasive in-office technique that opens up inflamed sinuses and helps them drain properly.
Unlike surgical procedures that cut into the tissue and bone in your sinuses, balloon sinuplasty doesn't require any incisions or removal of tissue.
Instead, your provider at Atlanta ENT, Sinus & Allergy Associates, P.C. inserts a specially designed tube called a catheter into your nose. They then inflate a small balloon inside your inflamed sinus cavity.
The pressure of the expanding balloon restructures the walls of your sinus cavity to make the sinus wider. Once complete, your provider simply deflates the balloon and removes it.
Balloon sinuplasty is a safe, effective way to put an end to sinus pressure and pain.
You might need to undergo balloon sinuplasty if you have chronic or recurrent sinusitis. Sinusitis is a condition affecting the tissues lining your sinuses, which are cavities in your face behind your nose and forehead.
The lining of your sinuses moistens the air when you breathe and produces mucus to trap dust and germs. When you get a cold, mucus production increases, and sometimes, this mucus can't drain away. This can lead to sinus inflammation, and infections can set in.
When you have sinusitis, medication to treat any infection and reduce inflammation is usually effective in resolving your symptoms. However, some people get chronic or recurrent sinusitis that doesn't respond to medication or keeps coming back.
If this is happening to you, balloon sinuplasty could be the answer.
The constant, pounding pain of sinusitis is bad enough when it lasts for a few weeks. If you're getting frequent bouts — four or more a year — or the pain never goes away, it can have a significant impact on your quality of life and even your ability to function.
If medications aren't helping, surgery can remove the inflamed tissue and open your sinuses. Surgery can be effective, but it comes with the risks of having a general anesthetic, can be painful, and requires several weeks of recuperation.
Balloon sinuplasty doesn't have any of these risks. The Atlanta ENT, Sinus & Allergy Associates, P.C. team performs balloon sinuplasty in-office, saving money and time in comparison to hospital outpatient procedures.
The entire process takes about one-half to one hour, so it's far less time-consuming. Your recovery is also much faster, with patients able to get back to normal activities the day of and at the latest the day after their balloon sinuplasty.
For effective relief of chronic sinus pain, call Atlanta ENT, Sinus & Allergy Associates, P.C. today or book an appointment online.