In general, Balloon Sinuplasty is recommended for patients who have chronic sinusitis that persists despite medical treatment such as antibiotics and steroids, or who have recurrent acute sinusitis at least three times each year.
Patients with chronic sinusitis (“chronic” refers to the total duration of symptoms, which is three or more months) present with a variety of complaints depending upon which sinuses are involved and the coexistence of other sinonasal problems, such as a deviated nasal septum or turbinate enlargement. Symptoms include nasal obstruction, nasal congestion, facial pressure, facial pain, headache, pressure around the eyes, chronic drainage, and recurrent infections. Quality sleep requires a patent nasal airway as well as a patent oral airway, and patients with chronic sinusitis often have exacerbation of snoring or obstructive sleep apnea as a result of their sinonasal issues.
Prior to the recommendation of Balloon Sinuplasty, optimal medical management should be undertaken. If a bacterial infection is suspected, then antibiotics should be administered. Steroid nasal sprays, and sometimes systemic (oral) steroids, are often prescribed to decrease the inflammation of the nose and sinuses. Saltwater rinses or sprays may provide relief by facilitating drainage of the nose and keeping the airway clean. Other medical options include oral decongestants (which may cause palpitations and need to be used with caution in patients with high blood pressure) and antihistamine nasal sprays. Allergy evaluation should be performed in order to optimize the treatment of allergic rhinitis to adequately control allergy-related symptoms. Allergy health is always emphasized to patients, even in those who ultimately undergo balloon sinuplasty.
A great majority of sinus sufferers in whom conventional and optimal medical management has not successfully relieved their symptoms find their quality of life dramatically improved following Balloon Sinuplasty. The fact that a relatively painless, minimally or noninvasive procedure can so improve the quality of life has made this procedure one of the most commonly performed in office procedures in the country.
To best determine if you are a candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty, please schedule your consultation today!