Chronic sinusitis can knock you out. It is a drag fighting the headaches, runny nose, and pressure in your face that come with flare-ups of chronic sinusitis. If you have chronic sinusitis and are looking for an effective treatment balloon sinuplasty in Columbus, IN may be for you. These are some frequently asked questions and their answers about balloon sinusitis.
What Is Balloon Sinuplasty?
Balloon sinuplasty is a procedure to open your nasal passages if you have chronic sinusitis. The condition is caused by blockages due to inflamed tissue. With balloon sinuplasty, the doctor inserts a catheter into the blocked area. Then the doctor inflates a balloon to expand the passage. This lets your mucus drain naturally so the blockage and symptoms go away.
Who Should Consider Balloon Sinuplasty?
You should consider balloon sinuplasty if you have chronic or recurrent sinusitis, that is, if your symptoms last 12 or more weeks or if they continue to come back after they go away for a while. You should consider the procedure if you have tried the standard conservative remedies and need something more effective. Consider balloon sinuplasty if you have used vaporizers, nasal decongestants, prescription steroids, and nasal drops with no lasting effects.
Does Balloon Sinuplasty Work?
It does for many patients. In fact, more than 90 percent of balloon sinuplasty patients have lasting relief from their symptoms. Compare that with the months or years you may have spent with less effective treatments, and balloon sinuplasty may well be worth trying!
How Much Time Do I Need to Take off Work?
Unlike with a major surgery, you can take minimal time off work with balloon sinuplasty. The procedure often has a recovery time of only two days. This makes scheduling easier to fit into your busy life.
Where Does the Procedure Happen?
Balloon sinuplasty can be very convenient because you can get it done in our office at Southern Indiana ENT with no need to check into a hospital. This is possible largely because there is no need for general anesthesia in most cases. Instead, you can get the procedure done with local anesthesia.
These FAQs may be a start, but we can answer many more of your questions about balloon sinuplasty if you call (812) 376-3071. The experts at Southern Indiana ENT are ready for your questions about the procedure and what to expect, and you can schedule an appointment with Dr. Anthony D. Sanders & Dr. Nicholas C. Hollenkamp as soon as you are ready.
Southern Indiana ENT
Dr. Anthony D. Sanders & Dr. Nicholas C. Hollenkamp
1655 N. Gladstone Avenue
Columbus, IN 47201