Life is challenging when you’re living with chronic sinusitis. The continuous pressure from buildup in sinus cavities leads to several unpleasant symptoms that can disturb your everyday life, making it challenging to participate in daily activities or sleep well.
Chronic sinusitis symptoms can last from two weeks to a couple of months or, in extreme cases, years. These symptoms can be treated with prescriptions for decongestants and nasal sprays or over-the-counter medications for most people. However, some people don’t find relief from these options.
Balloon sinus surgery, or balloon dilation sinuplasty, is an effective option for people living with chronic sinusitis who don’t respond well to medications. Dr. Maurice Khosh offers this procedure to patients in NYC.
How Does Balloon Sinuplasty Work?
The balloon sinuplasty procedure is carried out within Dr. Khosh’s office using local anesthesia. First, the doctor will place a flexible and ultra-slim balloon catheter directly in your sinus opening. Next, the balloon is gradually inflated to enlarge the sinus passage walls while preserving the lining integrity.
The doctor uses a saline solution to flush any mucus and pus buildup in the sinus cavity. When this happens, you’ll experience a reduction in pressure almost instantly. In addition, the balloon gently reforms the bones near your sinuses while it’s in the sinus passage. Once this procedure is over, the balloon is removed, leaving the sinus free of mucus buildup.
Balloon sinus surgery is becoming the ideal method of treating chronic sinusitis because there’s no carving of nasal tissue or bone, and it has a fast recovery time. Most people can return to usual activities within 1-2 days after this non-invasive procedure.
Is Balloon Sinuplasty Right for You?
Since patients can usually find relief from medications, a balloon sinuplasty is generally recommended if these other measures don’t reduce your symptoms.
Chronic sinusitis symptoms can include:
- Prolonged nasal congestion
- Facial pain
- Ear pressure
- Loss of taste or smell
- Difficulty breathing via the nose
- Thick discharge of green or yellow mucus from the nose
- Bad breath
- Upper teeth pain
- Sore throat
- Throat clearing or cough
If these symptoms continue for longer than eight weeks and you are not responding to medications and nasal sprays, balloon sinuplasty may be right for you.
Dr. Maurice Khosh, a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, is an expert at repairing sinus and nasal medical conditions. Therefore, you can count on him to effectively correct your sinus issues. Call Dr. Khosh today or visit our office in Manhattan to book your consultation and learn more about the balloon sinuplasty procedure.