The Facts About Chronic Sinusitis
Sinuses are air-filled pockets behind the facial bones surrounding the nose. Each sinus has an opening through which mucus drains. This drainage keeps your sinuses working well and you healthy. Anything that obstructs that flow may cause a buildup of mucus in the sinuses, which may lead to infection and inflammation of the sinuses. Sinusitis occurs when the linings of your nose, sinuses and throat become inflamed, possibly from a pre-existing cold or allergies. Chronic sinusitis is when this inflammation lasts three months or more.
Common symptoms include:
- Facial pain, pressure, congestion or fullness
- Difficulty breathing through the nose
- Discharge of yellow or green mucus from the nose
- Teeth pain
- Loss of the sense of smell or taste
- Sore throat
- Bad breath
Why Choose Balloon Sinuplasty?
Typical treatment for sinusitis begins with medication prescribed by your doctor. However, up to 60% of chronic sinusitis sufferers don’t get relief with medication. For these patients, a surgical procedure may be recommended. Balloon Sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that opens sinus passages. It relieves the pain and pressure associated with chronic sinusitis.
- More than 150,000 patients have been treated safely with Balloon Sinuplasty Technology.
- 95% of patients who have had the procedure say they would have it again.
- While recovery time varies with each patient, many people quickly return to normal activities.
Balloon Sinuplasty is available to some patients as a procedure conducted in a doctor’s office under local anesthesia.
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How Does Balloon Sinuplasty Work?
In Balloon Sinuplasty, inflamed sinuses are opened in the same way that doctors open up blocked arteries during balloon angioplasty.
After Balloon Sinuplasty, the sinuses remain open, allowing the return of normal sinus drainage and relief of sinus pressure.
Balloon Sinuplasty™ Technology is intended for use by or under the direction of a physician. Balloon Sinuplasty™ Technology has associated risks, including tissue and mucosal trauma, infection, or possible optic injury. Consult your physician for a full discussion of risks and benefits to determine whether this procedure is right for you.