Sinus Surgery - Why Ballon Sinuplasty is a Good Option Sinusitis sufferers can breathe easy with the balloon sinuplasty procedure. It is a Food & Drug Administration (FDA) cleared technique, which has been used to treat sinusitis, an infection or inflammation of the passages which drains the sinuses around your nose and eyes. People suffering from sinusitis tend to have extreme nasal congestion, with headaches and facial pain too. How Does Balloon Sinuplasty Help? If you are not able to deal with your sinusitis with antibiotics, antihistamines, decongestants, your physician might recommend you consult an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist, who will suggest the best treatment option for you. Balloon Sinuplasty is recommended for most people with chronic sinusitis. The clinical procedure involves the use of a special balloon to expand your sinus passage, which might be narrow and thus causing the infection. A guided wire with a catheter will help insert an uninflated balloon into your sinus passage through your nostrils. Once it is in place, it is inflated to enlarge your narrow sinus passage, mostly to around 5mm to 7mm. It also helps to drain and resolve chronic sinusitis symptoms. Following that, the balloon is deflated and removed. The procedure does not take more than 2 hours but guarantees you freedom from terrible sinusitis for the rest of your life. It is a popular option today because it is a middle ground between medication and surgery. To top that, it is minimally invasive, leaving you with no cuts, bruises or swelling. Also, this treatment uses an endoscopic tool, and does not limit any future treatment you might require if sinusitis persists. It is estimated that chronic sinusitis affects 37 million Americans on an annual basis. Although there are plenty of treatment options, a number of studies have confirmed that balloon sinuplasty helps chronic sinusitis patients effectively.
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