Fast Relief with Balloon Sinuplasty
There are few sensations more agonizing or frustrating than chronic sinus pressure. When the passageways that typically drain the mucus in the sinuses become blocked, the resulting build-up can lead to crushing headaches and difficulty breathing. No wonder so many of my patients come to me looking for a permanent solution to their blockages – in some cases, their very sanity depends on it.
At the Los Angeles Sinus Institute, we offer a number of remedies for chronic sinusitis. One of the most popular is also one of the least invasive: balloon sinuplasty. In this procedure, a flexible catheter is threaded through your nasal passages and into the sinus cavity where the blockage has accumulated. A cylindrical balloon is then gently inflated, reopening the passageway and allowing the offending mucus to drain quickly. Patients often tell me the difference is both immediate and welcome – a quick and easy way to regain normal sinus function.
Although traditionally balloon sinuplasty required an operating room with general anesthesia; in selected patients, it can now be performed in the office with local anesthesia.
That said, balloon sinuplasty is not for everyone. The procedure can reopen sinuses blocked by mucus, but it will not relieve the symptoms associated with nasal polyps or ethmoid sinusitis. But for most people who are simply suffering the effects of an inflamed mucosa, this safe and speedy approach offers a reliable way to find relief without undergoing major sinus surgery.
To learn more about balloon sinuplasty, try contacting an expert sinus doctor. And feel free to browse my website for more information about the very latest sinus procedures in Los Angeles and beyond.