With winter just around the corner, you may be hanging your head in fear just dreading the idea of getting sinusitis. And because an estimated 37 million people experience sinusitis every year in America, you know that you are not alone with your fears. If you experience more than four episodes of sinusitis yearly, then one of our specialists at Allergy & ENT Associates may encourage you to get an in-office procedure called a balloon sinuplasty. Let’s take a closer look at this procedure to see whether or not you may benefit from it.
What is a Balloon Sinuplasty?
Even though there are more invasive sinus surgeries that are recommended for patients with chronic sinusitis, we have seen many of our patients find the relief that they have been looking for with a balloon sinuplasty. During this non-invasive procedure, one of our specialists will insert a small, flexible balloon catheter into the sinus passageways to help open blocked sinuses and drain any mucus that has built up. Then, we will spray a saline solution to help clean out the sinuses. Afterward, the device will be removed and your sinuses will be clean.
Am I A Good Candidate For this Procedure?
Just like with any sort of procedure, a balloon sinuplasty isn’t for everyone. During your initial consultation with one of our medical professionals, we will be able to better determine whether or not this solution is good for you or if we should pursue other options.
Typically, suitable candidates are patients who experience:
- Sinus Headaches
- Facial Pressure
- Decreased Sense of Smell
- Yellow or Green Mucus or Discharge
As the temperatures drop and cold season is upon us, it can put a damper on all of your holiday plans to think about being stuck at home (yet again) with a sinus infection. If you feel like you are a good candidate for a balloon sinuplasty or if you just want to learn more about this procedure in general, schedule a consultation appointment with us at our Louetta office today and give us a call at (713) MY-SINUS.