Sinus Surgery & Balloon Sinuplasty
More Americans suffer from sinusitis than diabetes, asthma, or coronary heart disease. Sinusitis affects 37 million Americans each year, making it one of the most common health problems. With sinusitis, the cavities of the sinuses become inflamed and swollen and prevent normal mucus drainage, causing mucus and pressure to build up. The symptoms of sinus problems can vary widely depending on the type and severity of each patient’s condition, but often significantly affect a patient’s quality of life. Common symptoms include:
- Facial pain and pressure
- Mucous discharge
- Nasal obstruction
- Changes or loss in sense of smell and taste
Sinusitis that lasts longer than 12 weeks is known as chronic sinusitis. It is estimated that up to 60 percent of chronic sinusitis sufferers are not successfully treated with medication. Patients who do not respond well to medications become candidates for sinus surgery.
There are several different types of sinus surgery, most of which can be performed through minimally invasive techniques that require no incisions and no hospital stay. Some of the most commonly performed procedures include functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS), image-guided surgery, and Balloon Sinuplasty.
Most sinus and nasal surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. Patients may experience mild bruising, swelling and discomfort after surgery, but are usually able to recover quickly with no lasting side effects. Dr. Lee will decide which procedure is best for you after a thorough evaluation of your individual condition.
Balloon Sinuplasty is a breakthrough procedure that relieves the pain and pressure associated with chronic sinusitis. It is used to safely and effectively treat chronic sinusitis patients who are not responding well to medications such as antibiotics, nasal steroids, or over‐the‐counter(OTC) drugs, and are seeking relief from uncomfortable and painful sinusitis symptoms. Similar to how angioplasty uses balloons to open blocked arteries, Balloon Sinuplasty, a system of FDA‐cleared, catheter‐based instruments, opens blocked sinuses. The procedure is less invasive than traditional sinus surgery. It allows most patients to return to normal activities quickly. With Balloon Sinuplasty, a specially‐designed catheter is inserted into the nose to reach the inflamed sinus cavity. A small balloon is slowly inflated, which permanently widens and restructures the walls of the sinus passage, helping to drain mucus from the blocked sinus and restore normal sinus drainage without cutting and with minimal bleeding. This approach also preserves the natural structure of the sinuses.
With some patients, Balloon Sinuplasty can be performed in the office, under local anesthesia. Sometimes it is necessary to perform the procedure under general anesthesia in an outpatient setting. The reported complication rate for Balloon Sinuplasty is very low.
Patients who suffer from chronic sinusitis and are not responding well to medications may benefit from seeing Dr. Lee to determine if the procedure is right for them. Most insurance companies and Medicare provide coverage for Balloon Sinuplasty. Balloon Sinuplasty has been used to treat more than 320,000 patients since receiving FDA clearance.
Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
Endoscopic sinus surgery involves inserting a thin, lighted tube with a camera on the end into the nose so that your doctor can visually examine the area. Tiny surgical instruments are then inserted to remove the obstructive tissues. Endoscopic sinus surgery does not require any incision, as the whole procedure is performed through the nostrils.
Functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) is the most common type of surgery for chronic sinusitis performed today. This minimally invasive procedure has significantly improved the results of sinus surgery. Advantages of FESS include a shorter recovery time, reduced risk of infection, decreased postoperative pain, and less scarring.
To learn more about Sinus Surgery & Balloon Sinuplasty, please contact us at (480) 994-0308 today to schedule an appointment.