Is Sinuplasty Right For me
Chronic Sinusitis Surgery Longview TX

Sinusitis is a medical condition that affects nearly 40 million Americans every year and is one of the most common conditions that we treat at East Texas Sinus. Sinusitis is a condition where the sinus cavity is blocked due to swelling or build-up of mucus in the nose. This blockage causes sinus pressure, pain, headaches, congestion, and a myriad of other terrible symptoms. For people with acute sinusitis, this typically goes away after a while, but for those with chronic sinusitis, these symptoms can last for a very long time.

What is Sinuplasty?

One of the most effective, minimally invasive procedures for relieving chronic sinusitis, is sinuplasty, or balloon sinuplasty. The procedure usually requires only local anesthetic, and there is no cutting of any kind. The procedure also has a considerably easier recovery process when compared to other, more invasive procedures. Balloon sinuplasty is done by inserting a catheter with a small balloon into the sinus passages. The balloon is then inflated, expanding the sinus cavity and restoring it back to normal function. The procedure is simple, and 95% of patients see a major decrease in their sinusitis symptoms. However, sinuplasty is not right for everyone…

Who Benefits the Most From Balloon Sinuplasty?

In order to find out if you are a good candidate for balloon sinuplasty, you first need to conduct a consultation with your Ear Nose & Throat Doctor. Typically, the doctor needs to find out if the cause of your chronic sinusitis can be effectively alleviated by sinuplasty. In order to do this, your doctor will typically need you to get a CT scan. By performing a CT scan, your doctor can see what the cause of the blockage is. For patients with more minor or moderate causes such as swelling or inflammation, sinuplasty is the way to go. However, patients whose sinusitis is the result of conditions such as nasal polyps or overgrowth of tissue are not the best candidates for the procedure.

Doctors also prefer to perform the procedure on patients whose chronic sinusitis has lasted longer than 3 months, or patients who have recurring cases of acute sinusitis. In general, if you have experienced 4 or more sinus infections in a year, you are a good candidate. Sinuplasty is also recommended for patients who have had previous, ineffective sinus procedures in the past.

It is also important for you to consider if you are comfortable with having an in-office procedure done. There are definitely some patients who prefer to have any invasive procedure done in an operating room. So, make sure you are comfortable getting the procedure done under local anesthetic in an office instead of an operating room.

Ask The Experts

East Texas Sinus and Dizziness Center has been treating sinus conditions since 2013. We Know who would or would not benefit from a sinuplasty procedure. If you have been suffering from chronic, or frequent cases of sinusitis, please contact East Texas Sinus Center in Longview, TX for a consultation today. Dr. Morton and his staff are qualified, well-trained, and committed to finding the best procedure to fit your needs.

Published by osky-blue-support on: May 10, 2020
Category: Nasal Surgery