A growing body of medical literature supports balloon sinus dilation as a great option for sinus infections. Several studies now show statistically significant improvement in sinus symptoms in patients who have had the procedure performed. The improvement is durable at or beyond a 2 year follow-up period. These patients also had improvement in the appearance of the sinuses on CT scans. This demonstrates the efficacy of balloon dilation based on the subjective patient experience as well as the objective findings on radiological testing.
The experience that we have with our patients is very positive. Most patients enjoy the benefits of relief of pressure, congestion, and drainage within the first week of the procedure!
Sinus infections are caused by bacterial infection in the lining of the sinus cavities. Sinuses are large air-filled spaces that are lined with a mucus membrane lining. This mucus membrane continually produces a thin sheet of moist mucus that is swept across the surface and out of the natural sinus openings. The problem with our anatomy is that these openings are naturally very narrow spaces--about like a pin-hole for most people. Swelling of the mucus membranes from allergies or viruses causes these natural openings to swell shut. Then the affected sinus cavity cannot naturally empty the mucus layer. The mucus collects and there is bacterial overgrowth that causes infection and illness.
Sinuplasty helps with sinus infections because the natural opening to the sinus can be dilated to allow for adequate drainage. When there is adequate drainage, the sinus inflammation will settle down and sinusitis symptoms are relieved.
Figure 1 -- A small flexible fiberoptic wire is placed into the sinus cavity--in this case the left frontal sinus is being treated.
Figure 2 -- The balloon is passed over the wire and inflated to dilate the sinus opening.
Figure 3 -- The sinus cavity may be irrigated with saline to remove infected secretions.
Figure 4 -- The catheter is removed, leaving the sinus opening widely dilated.
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Millions of people suffer with sinus infections every year. The pressure, congestion, and facial pain can be unbearable. Sometimes medical therapy is sufficient to treat these infections. This typically includes decongestants, antibiotics, saline rinses, and possibly allergy medication. However, many sinus infections do not respond to medical therapy.
Now there is a new way to relieve obstructed sinuses. With balloon sinus dilation, a small catheter is placed into the natural opening of the sinus cavities to allow the passage of a cylindrical balloon. The balloon is gently inflated to widen the opening to the affected sinuses. The result is the restoration of drainage of the involved sinuses so that inflammation can finally subside.
We are pleased to provide this service to appropriate patients from our office that is conveniently located in Irving, Texas.
Do you suffer with sinus symptoms?
Symptoms of sinusitis include nasal congestion, nasal mucus drainage, post-nasal mucus drainage, facial pressure, facial pain, headaches, and sometimes fever. Sinus infections can be acute (lasting several weeks) or chronic (lasting > 3 months). Many patients can get relief with appropriate medical therapy that may include antibiotics, decongestants, allergy treatment, and nasal rinses. Those that fail to get adequate relief may be candidates for sinus balloon dilation.
We can help! If you suffer with sinus inflammation then you should make an appointment with one of our board-certified ear, nose, and throat doctors. Your evaluation will include a thorough history and examination. Usually, imaging of the sinuses is necessary to establish the extent of disease and treatment planning. If you have already had imaging elsewhere then you should bring this with you to your appointment. If you have not had imaging (such as a CT scan) then we can perform this on site in our radiology suite.
Schematic representing location of the maxillary, frontal, ethmoid, and sphenoid sinuses.
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