Balloon Sinus Dilation Offers Instant Relief from Sinusitis
Dr. Light and his team offers comprehensive Balloon Sinuplasty treatment in Boynton Beach, West Palm Beach and throughout South Florida.
A sinus infection, or sinusitis, is one of the most common health conditions in the United States. Each year, more than 37 million Americans suffer from sinusitis. That’s more than one in every ten people! Fortunately, there is a new treatment method available to help ease their discomfort. Individuals who suffer from sinusitis endure a number of uncomfortable symptoms. Nasal congestion, cough, fever, postnasal drip, sore throat, and even headaches can all result from an infection in the sinuses.
Sinusitis caused by the common cold
While there is no real treatment for the common cold, there are a few things one can do to relieve uncomfortable symptoms, which include:
- Get lots of rest
- Drink warm fluids
- Gargle-salt water
- Rinse out your nose
- Take hot showers
Generally, these steps will help reduce the discomfort of symptoms until the infection passes. Fortunately, sinusitis caused by colds usually goes away in about a week.
On the other hand, if you have some form of chronic sinusitis, then you are dealing with more than a week of discomfort. Sinus infections can last for weeks at a time and occur multiple times per year. If you are dealing with sinusitis that frequently, you may require a more long term solution. Traditionally, there are two treatment methods available:
- Medical therapy (the use of antibiotics and other medications)
- Functional endoscopic sinus surgery
However, there is now a third option for patients who qualify. It is a quick and easy in-office procedure called balloon sinus dilation.
Balloon sinus dilation
Balloon sinus dilation or Balloon Sinuplasty is a minimally invasive treatment that reshapes the anatomy of your sinuses. It works by placing small balloons in specific locations in your sinus passageways. When the balloons are expanded (or “dilated”), they expand your sinus passageways. When the passageways are expanded, drainage occurs easier, restoring your sinuses back to their proper function. Balloon sinus dilation begins working immediately and can provide lasting relief to many patients for whom medication was ineffective.
Additional benefits of balloon sinus dilation
There are many benefits to balloon sinus dilation that make it an appealing option for patients. One of the most attractive benefits is that it often does not require general anesthesia. This means that it can be an in-and-out procedure, free of grogginess. Another benefit is that there is little down time. Most are back to school or work within twenty-four hours!
Aftercare and Recovery from Balloon Sinuplasty
Find out if balloon sinus dilation is right for you!
Balloon sinus dilation is a great way to rid yourself of the nagging symptoms of persistent sinusitis, but only a medical professional can determine whether this treatment is appropriate for you. Dr. Joshua Light is an experienced practitioner of balloon sinus dilation treatment. He can evaluate your situation and determine what is best for you. If you’re bothered by persistent sinusitis, then consider speaking with Dr. Light about this fantastic treatment option. Contact us now to schedule an appointment!
- Stankiewicz, James MD, Truitt, Theodore MD, and Atkins, James MD. “One Year Results: Transantral balloon dilation of the ethmoid infundibulum” ENT Journal February 2010 Volume 89, Number 2
- Stankiewicz, James, et al. “Transantral, endoscopically guided balloon dilation of the ostiomeatal complex for chronic rhinosinusitis under local anesthesia” AM J Rhinol Allergy: 23 1-00 (2009).