What is Balloon Sinuplasty?

What is Balloon Sinuplasty?

How balloon sinuplasty can help with sinusitis

If you have chronic sinus problems, you’re probably tired of the headaches, pressure, and pain. You’ve tried over-the-counter balloon sinuplastymedications and saline rinses for your sinuses, only to find your sinus problems returned almost immediately. It’s time to consider balloon sinuplasty, a modern, minimally invasive way to clear your sinuses. Dr. Christine Gilliam of Everyone’s ENT & Sinus in San Antonio, Texas wants to introduce you to balloon sinuplasty and help you breathe again.

Every year, 37 million Americans suffer from sinusitis or inflammation of the sinuses. Balloon sinuplasty is a great option for people who don’t get relief from conventional treatments.

Dr. Gilliam wants you to know that balloon sinuplasty is performed under general anesthesia in an outpatient setting. While you are under general anesthesia, Dr. Gilliam will insert a wire catheter through your nostril with a tiny balloon attached. Once your blocked sinus passage is reached, she will inflate the balloon, which gently opens and widens your sinus passage. She then deflates the balloon and withdraws the catheter. The result is an open sinus passage which allows for normal sinus function and drainage.

Balloon sinuplasty is easier than conventional sinus surgery because there is no need for any incisions, cutting or removal of bone and tissue. It is minimally invasive, so there is less pain, risk of infection, bruising and swelling as there can be with conventional sinus surgery. There is also minimal downtime.

Dr. Gilliam wants you to know you will benefit from balloon sinuplasty if you have:

  • Chronic nasal or sinus problems
  • Stubborn sinus infections that don’t respond to medications
  • Headaches around your eyes
  • Difficulty breathing through your nose
  • Chronic bad breath or bad taste in your mouth

If you have chronic sinus problems, you owe it to yourself to explore balloon sinuplasty. Stop in and see an expert ENT professional like Dr. Christine Gilliam of Everyone’s ENT & Sinus in San Antonio, Texas. She can help you decide if balloon sinuplasty would be beneficial to you. Call today and start breathing better!