Balloon sinuplasty is a remarkably safe and long-lasting solution for acute sinusitis and its related symptoms.
When the symptoms of sinusitis present themselves, you should consult with an experienced ear, nose and throat specialist (otolaryngologist). Dr. Cohen is such a specialist, who has performed over a thousand sinus treatments. If you are diagnosed with acute sinusitis, Dr. Cohen will typically attempt to treat the infection with medications or other therapies. Mild cases of sinusitis can be treated by inhaling steam or with the use of nasal steroid sprays. More serious sinus infections may require antibiotics and steroids to prevent the spread of the disease. If none of these treatment options prove effective, balloon sinuplasty should be considered.
Balloon sinuplasty builds upon the advances first introduced to the field of otolaryngology by functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS). FESS uses an endoscope (a surgical probe) to access infected sinuses and may cause mild trauma compared to previous methods of treatment. FESS typically involves the removal of tissue in order to open blocked sinuses. To do this, nasal tissue needs to be removed in order to reduce the recovery time and risks of postoperative complications, such as the recurrence of the original sinus problem, bleeding, and/or scarring. Balloon sinuplasty, on the other hand, does not require the removal of any bone or tissue; rather, the balloon catheter is inflated upon insertion into the infected sinuses, reshaping and widening the sinus opening.
Because balloon sinuplasty is minimally invasive, compared to other surgical procedures, it can be performed in an hour or less, and has a typical recovery time of 2 days. The procedure can be performed in Dr. Cohen’s office with local anesthesia which gives it a lower out-of-pocket cost than an inpatient procedure. Balloon sinuplasty is covered by Medicare and by most health insurance providers.
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