If you live in the Pearland, TX area, you have the opportunity to undergo a groundbreaking, minimally invasive treatment for chronic sinusitis: Balloon Sinuplasty. The procedure does not involve removing any bone or tissue, takes only about an hour to complete, and delivers an exceptional level of relief for people who suffer from chronic sinusitis.

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What Is a Balloon Sinuplasty?

Before the development of the Balloon Sinuplasty, the traditional treatment for chronic sinusitis involved surgery. In some patients, this approach may still be necessary, but for many others, a Balloon Sinuplasty in Pearland is the best option. This procedure involves expanding the sinus cavities by inserting a small, inflatable balloon into the nostrils and inflating it to open the nasal passages and relieve the symptoms of chronic sinusitis.

What Is the Procedure? Is It Painful?

A Balloon Sinuplasty takes only about one hour to complete. The procedure involves first numbing the nasal passages, and then inserting a slim catheter that contains a small balloon. Once inserted, the balloon is inflated, opening the blocked nasal passage. Depending on your condition, it may be inflated a second time. Once the area is opened, the balloon is deflated and removed.

Most patients experience an immediate improvement in breathing through the nostrils – often for the first time in years. The procedure is not painful and involves minimal discomfort. A sensation of pressure is normal, but not painful. 

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Am I a Candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty?

Many people suffer from chronic sinusitis and live with ongoing, unpleasant symptoms. Candidates for a Balloon Sinuplasty generally have the following set of problems:

  • Bouts of sinusitis four or more times a year.
  • Medications have not been successful, whether over-the-counter, antibiotics or corticosteroids.
  • The bouts of sinusitis last for months.
  • You have had traditional sinus surgery and still experience recurring sinus infections.

If you fit this description, we urge you to have your condition evaluated by a board-certified ENT. At our Pearland office of Texas ENT Specialists, our team of ear, nose, and throat specialists is here to help you achieve relief and live life without the ongoing symptoms of chronic sinusitis.

What Are the Symptoms of Chronic Sinusitis?

Chronic sinusitis affects about one in every seven adults. More than 30 million people are diagnosed with this condition every year. The symptoms include:

  • Facial pain
  • Chronic nasal congestion
  • Sinus headaches
  • Toothaches, aching jaw
  • Worsened symptoms of asthma
  • Chronic runny nose
  • Dizziness
  • Bad breath
  • Reduced ability to taste and smell
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Benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty

Rather than undergoing a surgical procedure, with the Balloon Sinuplasty, you can experience relief without the removal of bone or tissue. The sinus passages are widened by the inflated balloon, without the need to remove tissue with a scalpel. The procedure involves far less physical trauma, no need to stay in the hospital, a fast recovery, and minimal post-treatment pain. The risk of side effects or complications is negligible. Patients who undergo a Balloon Sinuplasty experience a dramatic improvement and have no adverse effects.

What Is the Recovery Time After a Balloon Sinuplasty?

The recovery time from this procedure is extremely swift, requiring only 24 to 48 hours for most patients, rather than the two weeks needed to recover from sinus surgery. It is recommended that all vigorous activities, such as workouts, sports, or jogging, are avoided for one week. Sleep with the head elevated and avoid blowing your nose for a day or two. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication is typically all that is necessary to stay comfortable. 

Texas ENT Specialists in Pearland

Texas ENT Specialists has an office in Pearland, where our ear, nose, and throat doctors deliver the Balloon Sinuplasty procedure to locals in the area who suffer from chronic sinusitis. We are professional, compassionate, and patient-focused. Meet with us to find out more.

With 15 convenient locations across the greater Houston area, we’re never far away.

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