According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 30 million Americans or about 12 percent of the adult population suffers from sinusitis.
What is sinusitis?
Sinusitis or inflammation of the tissue lining of the sinuses can result from anything that blocks the sinuses. It can be due to a common cold, allergic rhinitis, nasal polyps, or a deviated septum.
While it’s rarely serious, sinusitis can cause a lot of discomfort.
People with sinusitis often complain of facial pain or pressure, runny nose, nasal congestion, fatigue, dental pain, and even fever.
Balloon Sinuplasty for Sinusitis
Balloon sinuplasty is a type of endoscopic procedure, recommended for patients with a severe or chronic form of sinusitis.
It’s a minimally-invasive procedure adapted from angioplasty, where balloon catheters are used to dilate congested blood vessels near the heart.
How Balloon Sinuplasty Works
Patients with chronic sinusitis suffer from blocked and inflamed sinuses that cause problems in their breathing and even sleep.
Balloon sinuplasty dilates the openings of the major sinuses, draining the mucus, pus, and other discharges that cause the blockage.
Studies have shown that this procedure can significantly improve the symptoms 3-6 months after it’s done.
Patients who underwent balloon sinuplasty also experience cleaner and more open nasal passages.
With its high success rate and low risk of complications, balloon sinuplasty has become one of the most sought after sinus procedures since its introduction in the mid-2000s.
If you’re ready to end your suffering from chronic sinusitis, we can help.
Greater Knoxville ENT has specialists who are adept in performing balloon sinuplasty. To request an appointment, you may call us at (865) 521-8050.