Put an End to Sinusitis Once and For All With Balloon Sinuplasty

Reduced sense of smell, postnasal drip, and painful sinus headaches are just a few of the symptoms of acute and chronic sinusitis. When it’s acute sinusitis, at least these symptoms are only temporary. But, when you deal with these issues several months out of the year, sinusitis can affect your life professionally and personally. 

Medications can help reduce your symptoms temporarily, but drugs aren’t a long-term solution. Here at Houston Sinus Surgery in Houston, our expert sinus surgeon, Cecil Yeung, MD, can help you put an end to sinusitis once and for all with balloon sinuplasty

Common causes of chronic sinusitis

Sinusitis is a sinus infection that occurs as a result of exposure to bacteria, mold, and other allergens. It leads to inflamed tissue in your sinus cavities between your eyes and behind your nose, cheeks, and forehead. 

Anyone can get sinusitis, but it’s more common in people who have small sinuses, a deviated septum, or nasal polyps. If you have an existing immune condition, you may also be prone to chronic sinusitis, since you may get infections more easily. 

When balloon sinuplasty may be the best solution

Sinusitis is typically treated with antibiotics to get rid of the infection as well as antihistamines to reduce inflammation in the sinus cavities. However, chronic sinusitis symptoms can become resistant to these types of treatments, which can leave you with pain, pressure, sinus headaches, and difficulty breathing

If you’ve exhausted more conservative methods, and you no longer get relief from sinus medications, you may be an ideal candidate for balloon sinuplasty. 

Balloon sinuplasty is minimally invasive

Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure in which Dr. Yeung inserts a small catheter with a tiny balloon into your nose. He inflates the balloon slowly to expand your sinus passages. While the balloon is inflated, Dr. Yeung flushes out pus buildup and mucus with a saline solution. 

The combination of inflating the sinuses ― thus widening them ― and removing the mucus and pus buildup leaves your sinus passages wider than they were and allows the bones to gently restructure themselves around the newly opened sinuses. Once your sinus cavities are opened up, they are free to drain more easily. After your sinuses are opened and cleared, Dr. Yeung deflates the balloon and removes it and the catheter. 

There are no incisions during a balloon sinuplasty, and recovery is relatively simple. You can return to your normal daily activities after a couple days and resume physical exercise after about a week. Swelling and congestion typically clear up within a week after balloon sinuplasty. 

Benefits of balloon sinuplasty 

Balloon sinuplasty offers several benefits for people suffering from chronic sinusitis, including:

Balloon sinuplasty is a safe, FDA-approved procedure for long-term relief from chronic sinusitis. In fact, studies indicate that the results often last two years or longer and offer significant improvement of common sinusitis symptoms. That means you can breathe more freely without dependence on medications or nasal sprays. And you can experience fewer sinus headaches and less sinus pressure. 

If you’re tired of feeling sick all the time, needing to blow your nose, or struggling to breathe during the day or night, a balloon sinuplasty may be just what you need. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone with Houston Sinus Surgery today.

You Might Also Enjoy...

How to Prepare for Your Rhinoplasty

You’ve decided to undergo a rhinoplasty, and you want to make sure that process goes as smoothly as possible. A little preparation can greatly help in this regard, and here are some tips.

How Can I Get Rid of Post-nasal Drip?

Do you constantly have an annoying tickle in the back of your throat, or is your throat sore from constant clearing? It could be due to post-nasal drip. Read on to learn what can cause this condition and how you can get relief.

The Link Between Nasal Polyps and Asthma

You have asthma, as well as nasal polyps, and you wonder whether the two conditions are related in some way. The answer is likely yes, and we review the two-way relationship here.

Why Do I Keep Getting Sinus Headaches?

You’re experiencing a pounding headache, again, and you suspect that a problem in your sinuses is to blame. Here, we take a look at what constitutes a sinus headache and how we can help you find relief.

Why Are Men More Likely to Snore?

Get a group of women together, and you might find the conversation steering toward complaints about snoring partners. While both women and men snore, men are almost twice as likely to rumble at night. Here’s why.