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Is it a cold, allergies, or sinusitis?
Do you always seem to have a cold or suffer from allergies? It may not be a cold or allergies. You may have sinusitis, a condition that affects 37 million Americans every year.

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  • Nasal congestion
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Irritating mucous at the back of your throat
  • Loss of sense of smell and taste
  • Bad breath
  • Throbbing facial pain or headaches
  • Exhaustion and irritability
The symptoms are caused by a lack of drainage that leads to inflammation of the mucous membranes in your nose, sinuses and throat. Your doctor may recommend treatments that include saline nasal sprays or steroid sprays, decongestants, mucous thinners and over-the-counter pain medication. If your symptoms last a few days or weeks and clear up with treatment, you may have acute sinusitis. But if the symptoms constantly recur and persist longer than 12 weeks, you may have chronic sinusitis.
 
Up to 60 percent of chronic sinusitis sufferers don’t experience sufficient relief with medications. For these patients, the best option has been a procedure called functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS). In this procedure, bone and tissue are removed to enlarge the sinus opening and enable proper drainage. While often effective in long-term relief, the surgery has drawbacks and potential complications, including pain, scarring and bleeding.
 
We now offer chronic sinusitis patients a new procedure that can provide long-term relief without conventional surgery. Balloon Sinuplasty™ is a breakthrough treatment that enlarges the sinuses without cutting, scarring or removal of tissue. In this procedure, a catheter is inserted into the sinus through the nose. Once in position, a small balloon in the catheter is slowly inflated. The balloon widens the walls of the sinus passage, opening the obstructed area. The balloon is then deflated and removed, leaving behind restructured sinus tissue and a path for normal drainage.
 
Balloon Sinuplasty™ offers several advantages:
  • Minimally invasive with no incisions or scarring
  • Preserves the natural structure of the sinuses
  • Recovery time is shorter – resume normal activities the next day
  • Lower risk of complications
  • Performed in-office
For patients who have had the procedure, the benefits are clear. Ninety-five percent of patients who have had Balloon Sinuplasty™ in an office setting say they would have it again. If you have symptoms similar to a cold or allergies that constantly recur or persist for weeks, you may have chronic sinusitis. Balloon Sinuplasty™ is a minimally invasive procedure that gets to the root of the problem by enabling your sinuses to drain normally, preventing congestion and inflammation and allowing you to breathe freely.

Additional resources:
The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Balloon Sinuplasty™

 

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