Revolutionary Solutions to Sinusitis
Joseph F. Wilson, M.D. , a board-certified otolaryngologist and his partners at Riverside Ear, Nose and Throat Physicians and Surgeons are pleased to be able to offer the latest treatment available for sinusitis – Balloon Sinuplasty.
More than 37 million Americans suffer from chronic and recurrent episodes of acute sinusitis. Symptoms associated with sinusitis include (but are not limited to): facial pain, congestion, loss of smell, sleep disturbance and difficulty breathing. At times, these symptoms can be overwhelming and can negatively impact a person’s overall quality of life.
In treating sinusitis, it is important to understand what your sinuses are and how they work. Sinuses are air spaces behind the bones of the upper face between the eyes and cheeks. Each sinus has an opening that allows mucus to drain, which is essential to keeping your sinuses working well. If you experience sinus infections that do not respond to medical therapy for three months or more, most likely you are suffering from chronic sinusitis and could be a candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty. This safe and effective non-invasive procedure is now offered at Riverside Ear, Nose and Throat Physicians and Surgeons.
With conventional sinus surgery, bone and tissue are surgically removed to clear sinus passages. Conventional surgery can be painful; cause excessive bleeding and recovery can take up to two weeks. Balloon Sinuplasty uses a tiny balloon to open blocked sinuses much the same way angioplasty uses a balloon to open coronary arteries. The procedure is done on an outpatient basis, is less invasive, and most patients return to regular activities within 24 hours. Balloon Sinuplasty is especially helpful to adolescents on whom surgeons may be reluctant to perform the more invasive conventional surgery. It should be noted that Balloon Sinuplasty is only beneficial for two of the four pairs of sinuses – the frontal and maxillary sinuses.
“At ENT Physicians and Surgeons, we’re excited about expanding our services with the addition of Balloon Sinuplasty and hopefully helping people with chronic sinusitis finally find relief from the painful and disruptive symptoms associated with this disease,” said Dr. Wilson.
For more information or to determine if you may be a candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty, please call Riverside Ear, Nose & Throat Physicians and Surgeons at (757) 599-5505.