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Have chronic sinusitis? Find out how balloon sinuplasty can help!
Tired of suffering from the long-term effects of chronic sinusitis? You aren’t alone. This condition is one of the more common chronic illnesses in the US and it can affect anyone no matter their age. If your Hollywood and Pembroke Pines, FL otolaryngologists Dr. David Jassir and Dr. Mark Sukenik have diagnosed you with chronic sinusitis, find out if balloon sinuplasty is the right procedure for you.
What is sinusitis and what are the symptoms?
Sinusitis is a condition in which the linings of the sinuses become inflamed. If the sinuses swell too much it makes it impossible for the passages to drain, which can lead to further infection or inflammation. Symptoms of sinusitis include:
- Facial congestion and pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Yellow or green nasal mucus
- Dental pain
- Sore throat
- Reduced smell or taste
- Bad breath
- Sore throat
- Ear pain
Not all of these symptoms must be present in order to be diagnosed with sinusitis. If you are unsure about your condition your ear, nose and throat doctor in Hollywood and Pembroke Pines, FL can provide a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.
When is sinusitis chronic?
While most people will deal with an acute sinus infection at some point in their life, those with chronic sinusitis will experience symptoms for at least eight weeks or longer in order for the condition to be deemed chronic.
What is balloon sinuplasty?
This FDA-cleared endoscopic procedure uses a balloon catheter system to open up blocked sinus passageways to let them drain. This is a minimally invasive way to treat patients with chronic sinusitis without scalpels or incisions. This quick outpatient procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia.
What are the benefits of this treatment?
This option is less invasive than traditional surgery and doesn’t require any cutting. Because of this, bleeding and pain after surgery is greatly minimized. Plus, patients can return to their normal activities about two days after.
Is balloon sinuplasty right for me?
If you are dealing with chronic sinusitis and medications and other conservative treatments haven’t given you the relief you need, then it’s time to talk to the Hollywood and Pembroke Pines, FL ENT experts about whether you’re a good candidate for this procedure.
Don’t just deal with the annoying symptoms of chronic sinus infections. Fight back with balloon sinuplasty. Contact your Hollywood and Pembroke Pines, FL ENT doctor at South Florida ENT Associates today and breathe a little easier.