Up until 2005, there were few options for patients suffering from chronic sinusitis — a seemingly permanent inflammation of the sinuses that causes intense headaches, swelling and nasal blockage. The FDA has since approved balloon sinuplasty, which has changed the lives of hundreds of thousands who can now finally breathe easily and without the worry of constant infection.
Balloon sinuplasty, depending on the patient, may be performed under general anesthesia, IV sedation, or in some cases with local anesthetic only. It is an endoscopic procedure that involves carefully inserting an inflatable balloon through a catheter and inflating it just enough so it dilates the sinus passage and allows for proper nasal drainage. Chronic sinusitis can be a debilitating problem. Having sinusitis has been known to deprive people of sleep, make it impossible to work, and can lead to long-term health issues. Having a balloon sinuplasty surgery is a quick and easy fix for patients that have been plagued by it for months or years.
By using an endoscope, an instrument used for seeing inside the nose, the doctor is able to view the sinus and strategically place the balloon in the perfect location for the maximum effect. With the balloon in the sinus passage, the doctor will be able to take some of the patient’s mucus to test for bacteria or fungus. Those tests may lead to further treatments to help cure the patient of this frustrating condition. Patients will find relief following their surgery as this device relieves pressure on the sinuses and will allow for proper drainage.
Who better to provide this service than somebody who specializes in nose and sinus reparation procedures? Dr. Kevin Sadati, an experienced ENT specialist uses this highly effective and life-changing treatment for patients who are ideal candidates for this minimally invasive procedure. Balloon sinuplasty is perfectly safe, unequivocally effective and the recovery time is next to nothing. It truly is a remarkable answer for those suffering from chronic sinus infections.
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