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By Everyone's ENT & Sinus Center
November 19, 2019
Category: Otolaryngology

If you suffer from repeat sinus infections, you know how frustrating and debilitating this problem is. At Everyone's ENT & Sinus Center in San Antonio, Dr. Christine Gilliam uses state-of-the-art balloon sinuplasty to relieve the symptoms of chronic sinusitis. The procedure achieves remarkable results, and patients experience practically immediate relief of symptoms.

Chronic sinusitis

Repeat sinus infections with their headache pain, fatigue and nasal stuffiness impact about 37 million Americans annually, say experts at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center. Missed work and school and generalized low function are common to sinus sufferers. Often, nasal sprays and antibiotics are stop-gap measures until the next round of symptoms begin.

What's the solution to chronic sinusitis? At Everyone's ENT & Sinus Center in San Antonio, Dr. Christine Gilliam has an innovative and effective way to manage and even eliminate the problem of chronic sinusitis. It's called balloon sinuplasty, a simple in-office procedure that opens sinus passages quickly.

How balloon sinuplasty works

After Dr. Gilliam reviews your symptoms and medically clears you for this procedure, she introduces local anesthetic to the nose. Then, the doctor introduces a very thin catheter into the nostril. The catheter is lighted and allows Dr. Gilliam to see the inside of the sinuses.

Then, she inflates a small balloon which is an integral part of the catheter. A saline wash rinses out any pus, mucous or other debris. Thus, the passage is opened and cleared, freeing you from the congestion and pressure of chronic sinusitis.

Afterwards, you can go home to rest for the balance of the day. Many people return to work and other normal activities the next day.

Amazingly, balloon sinuplasty produces little to no bleeding, leaving both hard and soft tissues inside the nose and sinuses intact. Of course, results vary from patient to patient, but most report freer breathing, far less congestion, fewer headaches and a greatly improved quality of life.

Find out more

At Everyone's ENT & Sinus Center in San Antonio, TX, balloon sinuplasty helps scores of people feel better and improves daily function and well-being. Why not find out more about this treatment? Call for a consultation with your board-certified otolaryngologist, Dr. Christine Gilliam: (210) 647-3838.

By Everyone's ENT & Sinus Center
March 27, 2019
Category: ENT

Learn more about getting sinus surgery in San Antonio and who’s a good candidate for this procedure.

Balloon Sinuplasty Nose SurgeryAre you living with chronic sinus infections in San Antonio, TX? If so, our otolaryngologist Dr. Christine Gilliam offers several treatment options to help you get your symptoms under control. Of course, if your symptoms don’t seem to change despite trying a variety of different nonsurgical treatments then it may be time to consider whether you could benefit from surgery. Learn more about sinus surgery and what it entails.

What is involved in sinus surgery?

In this day and age of advanced medical technology, our San Antonio ENT doctor is able to offer a minimally invasive endoscopic sinus surgery option to treat patients dealing with severe and chronic sinus infections. Endoscopic sinus surgery is less invasive, doesn’t require any cutting or removal of tissue and bone, and boasts a faster recovery time than traditional sinus surgery.

During endoscopic sinus surgery a thin flexible tube (an endoscope) sometimes with a deflated balloon at the end is guided through the nasal cavity. Once it is fully inserted, we will slowly inflate the balloon, which will open up the blocked nasal cavity and allow it to fully drain. Once the cavity is unblocked we can wash out the sinuses to remove the bacteria responsible for your infections before removing the endoscope.

How long is the recovery period?

The length of your recovery will depend on several factors including your overall health and which type of sinus surgery you are getting. After all, some patients may need to undergo traditional sinus surgery instead of endoscopic surgery, which will have a longer recovery process. You should allow yourself a few days to recover before returning to work and normal activities. Patients who’ve undergone endoscopic sinus surgery can often return to work within 48-72 hours.

Are there any side effects of sinus surgery?

It is common for there to be some bleeding for a couple of days after endoscopic surgery. Since endoscopic surgery is only minimally invasive any swelling, discomfort or bleeding you experience will be very minor and will often go away with 2-3 days. We will provide you with thorough self-care instructions.

Will surgery relieve my symptoms permanently?

Endoscopic sinus surgery is extremely effective and research has even found that as many as 97 percent who underwent sinuplasty experienced a long-term improvement in their sinus symptoms. It is important to keep in mind that this surgery is not a cure-all. It is still possible for some patients to get sinus infections even after surgery, but the frequency and severity of your symptoms should be greatly reduced.


Are you living with severe or persistent sinus issues? If your sinus problems are affecting your quality of life then it’s time to turn to Everyone’s ENT & Sinus Center in San Antonio, TX, to find out if endoscopic sinus surgery is right for you.

By Everyone's ENT & Sinus Center
May 23, 2018
Category: ENT

What your ENT specialists in San Antonio want you to knowSinus Pain

If you suffer from sinus issues, you already know how annoying and uncomfortable they can be. You’ve probably tried over-the-counter medications, nasal rinses, and other products only to find your sinus issues coming back. You may want to think about a more permanent solution, sinus surgery! Your ear, nose, and throat specialists at Everyone’s ENT & Sinus Center in San Antonio, TX, wants to share how sinus surgery can help you.

Modern sinus surgery is quick, more comfortable and can get you back to living your life with minimal downtime. Thanks to modern, state-of-the-art technology and equipment, sinus surgery has become far less invasive, and far easier than ever before. These are just a few of the sinus conditions treated with sinus surgery:

  • Recurrent sinusitis or sinus headaches
  • Recurrent infections in your sinuses
  • Nasal polyps or other abnormal sinus growths
  • Fungal sinus disease
  • Abnormal nasal or sinus structures or obstructions

There are many different types of sinus surgery. Many are minimally invasive and are often performed on an outpatient basis. Consider:

Balloon sinuplasty, using an ultra-thin catheter with a balloon attached to the end. The catheter is inserted into your nostril and moved up through your nasal and sinus passages. When it reaches an obstruction, the balloon is inflated, which opens the blockage so you can breathe normally again. The balloon is then deflated and the catheter and balloon are taken out.

Endoscopic surgery, using a thin tube called an endoscope; the tube is inserted into your nostril and moved up through your nasal passages and sinuses. Endoscopic surgery is often used to remove nasal and sinus polyps and other abnormal sinus growths.

There are more serious sinus conditions that may need more extensive treatment. Open sinus surgery is often indicated for cases of sinus cancer, to remove diseased tissue, or to correct structural abnormalities in your nose or sinuses.

Sinus surgery can help you get relief from a variety of recurrent, chronic sinus problems. You deserve a life of breathing well, so just pick up the phone and call your ear, nose and throat specialists at Everyone’s ENT & Sinus Center in San Antonio, TX. Call today and breathe better tomorrow!

By Everyone's ENT & Sinus Center
April 04, 2018
Category: ENT
Tags: balloon sinuplasty  

Don’t let chronic sinusitis become the norm. We can help!balloon sinuplasty

While dealing with the occasional sinus infection may be a nuisance, most of the time the symptoms go away and the infection is quickly forgotten; however, there are others who deal with chronic sinusitis, in which symptoms last over 12 weeks. If this is something you’re dealing with and you haven’t found relief from other treatment options then it’s time to talk to our San Antonio, TX otolaryngologist, Dr. Christine Gilliam, about balloon sinuplasty.

What is balloon sinuplasty?

This procedure offers a way for chronic sinusitis sufferers to finally get the relief they need that they aren’t able to get through medication or other treatment options. During this procedure, a small catheter with a deflated balloon at its end is gently guided into the blocked nasal cavity.

From there, we will carefully inflate the balloon to open up the airways and remove the blockage. We will administer saline through the catheter to remove any bacteria or pus that may be present. Once the nasal cavity has been clear, the catheter is removed but the airways remain open.

This whole procedure can be performed right here in our office as an outpatient procedure and it only takes about 60 to 90 minutes to complete.

What are the benefits of getting balloon sinuplasty?

There are many benefits to getting balloon sinuplasty in San Antonio. Not only is this an effective treatment option for those dealing with chronic sinusitis who can’t find relief through traditional methods but also it can be done without the need for surgery. Traditional sinus surgery requires incisions and even bone removal, which also means a longer recovery period for the patient. On the other hand, balloon sinuplasty is minimally invasive and doesn’t require any cutting, or removal or shaving of bones.

Those who also have trouble undergoing general anesthesia may not be good candidates for traditional sinus surgery. Luckily, those patients may still be great candidates for balloon sinuplasty since only local anesthesia is needed.

As we mentioned earlier, because this procedure is only minimally invasive not only will you be able to go home right after your treatment but also most people find that they are able to return to their normal routine and activities after only two days.

If you are dealing with chronic sinusitis then it’s time to find out more about how balloon sinuplasty could help you. Call Everyone’s ENT & Sinus Center in San Antonio, TX, to schedule a consultation with us.

By Everyone's ENT & Sinus Center
March 02, 2016
Category: ENT
Tags: 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!