Chronic sinusitis sufferers now have a revolutionary treatment option available at
Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center. With sinus headaches and pain affecting approximately
37-million Americans each year, balloon sinuplasty
can drastically change a sinusitis
sufferer's quality of life with very little inconvenience.
The Causes of Sinusitis
Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinus lining most commonly caused by bacterial,
viral, and/or microbial infections as well as structural issues such as blockage
of the sinus opening (ostium). If the ostium becomes swollen shut, normal mucus
drainage may not occur. This condition may lead to infection and inflammation of
Common symptoms may include:
- Facial pain, pressure, congestion or fullness
- Nasal obstruction or blockage
- Discharge of discolored mucus from the nose
- Discolored post-nasal drainage
- Loss of smell.
Additional symptoms may include:
- Bad breath
Types of Sinusitis
There are two main categories of sinusitis: acute and chronic. Sinusitis is usually
preceded by a cold, allergy attack or irritation from environmental pollutants.
Often, the resulting symptoms such as nasal pressure, nasal congestion, a runny
nose and fever, pass in a few days. However, if symptoms persist,
a bacterial infection or acute sinusitis may develop. If the condition occurs frequently
or lasts three months or more, it may be chronic sinusitis.
The Balloon Sinuplasty Technology
The technology utilizes a small flexible
sinus balloon catheter that is placed into the nose to reach the sinuses. The sinus
balloon catheter is gradually inflated to gently restructure the previously-blocked
nasal passage, maintaining the integrity of the sinus lining and restoring normal
sinus drainage and function. There is minimal bleeding and
many patients have been able to return to normal activities within 24 hours.
Sinuplasty Procedure Compared to Traditional Sinus Surgery
The benefits of the sinuplasty procedure compared to the traditional methods
of sinus surgery stem from the technology used: small, soft, flexible devices that enter entirely
through the nostrils. These devices gently remold instead of destroy or remove blocked
sinus openings. Because typically no tissue or bone is removed when using this technology,
there is less bleeding and less damage to the sensitive tissues of your sinuses.
This results in quicker healing time.There is minimal bleeding and many patients
have been able to return to normal activities within 24 hours.