Chronic sinusitis occurs when your sinuses are swollen and inflamed for three months or longer, interfering with the way mucus drains and making your nose stuffy. Breathing through your nose may be difficult, and the area around your eyes may feel tender or swollen. It can be caused by an infection, growths in the sinuses (nasal polyps), or by swelling of the sinus lining.
Balloon Sinuplasty technology allows for a minimally invasive approach to addressing chronic sinusitis symptoms. It’s proven to be safe and effective and may be appropriate for patients who are not responding well to medications and have either had a sinus infection for more than 12 weeks or have 4 or more sinus infections each year.
The procedure can be performed right in our office. It works in the same way that heart surgeons open blocked arteries during balloon angioplasty. The procedure is less invasive than traditional sinus surgery, with no cutting involved to remove either bone or tissue from the nose, and allows patients to quickly return to normal activities. Most patients who undergo the in-office procedure can return to normal activities and work within two days.
Most chronic sinusitis patients report clinically meaningful improvement in their sinus symptoms and quality of life through two years post-surgery, and the majority of patients would recommend the procedure to friends and family.
If you have been diagnosed with chronic sinusitis and are not responding well to medications, you may be a candidate for the Balloon Sinuplasty procedure. The highly trained ENT specialists at Peoria Ear Nose & Throat Group have experience performing balloon sinuplasty to treat sinusitis. They will diagnose your symptoms and discover the best treatment option for you.