Sinusitis Sufferers: You Are Not Alone!
Sinusitis affects 37 million people each year, making it one of the most common health problems in the U.S. It is more prevalent than heart disease and asthma and has a greater impact on quality of life than chronic back pain or congestive heart failure. 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
Relief is right around the corner - Balloon Sinuplasty could be your answer!
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.
Facts About Balloon Sinuplasty
- Minimally Invasive Procedure - No surgery, No cutting, No removal of tissue or bone
- Can be done in-office under local anesthesia
- Rast Recovery - return to work in 2 days!
- Covered by most major medical insurances and Medicare
- Over 330,000 sinus sufferers have been helped by this procedure!