Chronic sinusitis causes never-ending nasal congestion and discharge, often accompanied by sinus pain and pressure. When you’ve tried all possible conservative treatments, and you’re still miserable with sinus symptoms, David Sycamore, MD, at Parkway ENT and Allergy, PA, recommends in-office sinus balloon dilation. As a minimally invasive procedure, sinus balloon dilation immediately restores healthy sinuses and produces long-lasting results. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Katy, Texas, or use the online booking feature.
Sinus balloon dilation, also called balloon sinuplasty, is a minimally invasive procedure to treat chronic sinusitis. Dr. Sycamore performs this sinus procedure in the office using the RELIEVA® Balloon Sinuplasty System. The system’s slender, flexible balloon catheter opens your blocked sinuses.
Your sinuses are lined with membranes that produce mucus. Usually, the mucus drains through a small opening and goes through your nasal passages. You develop chronic sinusitis when something blocks the opening, trapping mucus inside the sinus, and causing an infection.
Allergies or infections cause inflammation and swelling in the mucous membranes, which blocks the opening from the inside. You could also have problems like nasal polyps or a deviated septum that lead to a blockage from outside the sinus.
No matter how your chronic sinusitis develops, you’ll end up with symptoms such as ongoing nasal congestion, pain or pressure around your sinuses, a thick nasal discharge, and loss of smell.
Before recommending balloon sinuplasty, Dr. Sycamore treats your chronic sinusitis with other options, such as medications to reduce inflammation and help the sinuses drain. He must also rule out physical problems like polyps. When your sinusitis persists despite medical treatment, the next step is sinus balloon dilation.
Your sinus procedure is done under local or general anesthesia. After your anesthetic takes effect, Dr. Sycamore threads a guidewire catheter through your nostril and into the sinus cavity. Then he advances a sinus balloon catheter over the guidewire until it’s in the blocked opening.
For the next step, Dr. Sycamore inflates a balloon to expand the sinus opening, allowing him to rinse the sinus with a saline solution. When the sinus is clean, the balloon is deflated and removed along with the catheter and guidewire.
The pressure from the ballon also acts to restructure the sinus passageway. This change remains after the balloon is removed, allowing the sinus to stay open and facilitate normal drainage.
Since Dr. Sycamore doesn’t need to make incisions or remove tissues, you’ll have less pain and bruising. Following a balloon sinuplasty, most patients return to their normal activities within two days.
If you suffer from ongoing nasal congestion, call Parkway ENT and Allergy or schedule an appointment online.