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Balloon Sinuplasty is a non-surgical procedure to treat chronic sinusitis. With Balloon Sinuplasty, there is no cutting of nasal bone or tissue, so recovery times are typically faster than traditional sinus surgery. The procedure is performed in the office with local anesthesia and most patients are able to return to work and their normal routines within two days.
Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
Developed in the 1950s, the nasal endoscope has revolutionized sinusitis surgery. In the past, the surgical strategy was to remove all sinus mucosa from the major sinuses. The use of an endoscope is linked to the theory that the best way to obtain normal, healthy sinuses is to open the natural pathways to the sinuses. Once an improved drainage system is achieved, the diseased sinus mucosa has an opportunity to return to normal.
Sinuses are hollow areas in the bones of the face. Inside the nose and in the sinuses, small abnormal growths of skin and tissue can develop and obstruct the nasal passages. These growths frequently end up being “nasal polyps,” which can develop in any of the sinuses and in both sides of the nose. It’s not clear why people develop nasal polyps, but many people who have nasal polyps also have "chronic sinusitis,” a condition that can cause a stuffy nose
Each year, more than 37 million Americans (one out of every eight adults) suffer from sinusitis. Symptoms can include:
- Facial pain and pressure
- Nasal congestion
- Thick yellow-green nasal discharge
- Pain in the throat
- Dental pain
There are two main types of sinusitis: acute (sudden onset) and chronic (long-term). Acute sinusitis usually is preceded by a cold, allergy attack, or irritation by environmental pollutants, and may last up to a month. Acute sinusitis typically responds well to antibiotics and decongestants, with many people recovering without treatment.
Chronic sinusitis is characterized by at least four recurrences of acute sinusitis. Symptoms of chronic sinusitis may be less severe than those of acute; however, untreated chronic sinusitis can cause damage to the sinuses and cheekbones that sometimes requires surgery to repair.
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If the nasal obstruction appears to coincide with a certain time of year, it may be caused by an allergy, such as to pollen. If the blockage appears to be on only one side of the nose, then an anatomical cause is more likely.
Symptoms of nasal obstruction include:
- Difficulty breathing through one or both nostrils
- Breathing through the mouth instead of the nose
- Nasal congestion
- Sleep apnea and snoring
- Congestion of the nasal membranes may even block the eustachian tube leading to the ear, resulting in a feeling of blockage in the ear or fluid behind the eardrum. Additionally, nasal airway congestion causes the individual to breathe through the mouth.
Solutions and Treatments
What many patients don't know is that there are options to cure your sinus and nasal problems beyond the decongestant aisle at the drugstore.
We specialize in Balloon Sinuplasty™-a nonsurgical, outpatient procedure using a small Sinus Balloon catheter to open up blocked sinus passageways and restore normal sinus drainage and function. When the sinus balloon is inflated, it gently restructures and widens the walls of the passageway while maintaining the integrity of the sinus lining.
Treatment for nasal obstruction varies, depending on the type of obstruction and underlying cause. Often medications (decongestants, antihistamines and steroid sprays) are utilized as the first step in treatment of nasal obstruction. In other cases, surgery is the best option.
Surgical treatments for nasal obstruction include:
Endoscopic sinus surgery
An endoscope is used to enlarge narrow nasal passages that block airflow and to help sinuses drain properly
Surgery to reduce the size of enlarged turbinates
Surgery to remove nasal polyps (which have not responded to medication)
Surgical correction of a deviated septum
If you are experiencing any symptoms of chronic sinusitis or nasal obstruction-to the point that it is interfering with the quality of your life-please call the Atlanta Institute for ENT for an in-office consultation. Both of these conditions can be managed, but occasionally a simple outpatient procedure can make a real difference in your life.