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Chronic sinus infections, also known as sinusitis, can disrupt your entire life. If medications haven't brought you the relief you need to function, Dr. Kirby Scott, your ear, nose and throat doctor at Central ENT Consultants in Frederick and Hagerstown, MD, may suggest a balloon sinuplasty. If you've never heard of this procedure, you've come to the right place. Discover the functions and advantages of this procedure.
What is sinusitis?
Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinuses, the air-filled spaces in the front of the skull. People with sinusitis often have headaches, nasal drainage, a cough and a decreased sense of smell. If these symptoms persist for longer than 12 weeks, you've likely visited your ENT and have been diagnosed with chronic sinusitis.
How is chronic sinusitis treated?
Chronic sinusitis is a common condition - affecting about 15% of the population, according to the American Rhinologic Society - that often responds well to medications like analgesics, steroids or nasal irrigation sprays. However, there are people who do not find relief from these conservative methods of treatment. In the past, ENT doctors suggested sinus surgery as a way to drain and clean the sinus cavities. However, this treatment, while effective, requires several incisions and the post-operative recovery time can be lengthy. This is why many ENT doctors, including Dr. Scott in Frederick and Hagerstown, may suggest a balloon sinuplasty as way of treating persistent sinusitis that produces similar results with less side effects.
What is a balloon sinuplasty?
This is a minimally-invasive technique of treating recurrent sinus infections. Through the use of a tiny lighted tube called an endoscope, your ENT inflates a balloon-like catheter to dilate the sinuses and promote drainage. Studies have shown that patients who have received balloon dilations in their sinuses consistently show the same results as those who have had the more invasive sinus surgeries: their symptoms and activity levels improve and they are far less likely to need medication to treat any further sinus-related illnesses.
If you're dealing with chronic sinus pain, pressure and drainage, don't wait any longer. Contact Central ENT Consultants in Frederick and Hagerstown, MD to schedule a consultation with Dr. Scott today!
Do you suffer from frequent nasal pain or infections? If so, you may be suffering from a condition known as sinusitis, which occurs when nasal swelling blocks the sinus opening, preventing regular mucus drainage and leading to chronic infection.
If these symptoms describe you and have for more than 12 weeks, it may be time to speak to your ENT at Central ENT Consultants, P.C. in Hagerstown to find out if Balloon Sinuplasty is right for you.
What is Balloon Sinuplasty?
Balloon Sinuplasty is a safe and effective non-surgical procedure that opens up the nasal passageways to reduce or eliminate chronic sinus infection and nasal pain.
What is the Procedure for Balloon Sinuplasty?
The Balloon Sinuplasty procedure is quite simple. Your Hagerstown ENT will insert a small, flexible, non-latex balloon catheter into your nasal passageway. Once the balloon is in place, it will be inflated, opening up the blockage and facilitating drainage. The procedure does not harm the walls of the sinuses.
While your nasal passageway is held open by the balloon, your Hagerstown ENT will flush out your sinuses with a simple saline spray. Once the procedure is finished, the system is removed. The entire process takes an average of 73 minutes and can be done either in the hospital under general anesthesia or in-office with local anesthesia.
Is Balloon Sinuplasty Safe?
Yes, Balloon Sinuplasty is considered to be very safe and effective. While possible risks do include tissue trauma, infection, and optic injury, the complication rate is low. Talk to your ENT about any questions or concerns you may have.
What Benefits Does Balloon Sinuplasty Offer?
A simple nonsurgical treatment, Balloon Sinuplasty provides a number of benefits. Balloon Sinuplasty is not only safe and effective, but it also requires a shorter recovery time. Because there is no cutting of nasal bone or tissue, most patients are able to return to their normal activities after only two days.
Balloon Sinuplasty can be done in the hospital under general anesthesia, or it can be done in-office under local anesthesia, providing exceptional comfort and flexibility for patients and doctors alike. It provides long-lasting relief, and only one procedure is typically needed.
If you are tired of dealing with the pain and inconvenience of chronic nasal infections, why not join the over 330,000 people who have had Balloon Sinuplasty already? Call your ENT at Central ENT Consultants, P.C. in Hagerstown to find out if you might be a good candidate for this life-changing procedure or to set up an appointment today.