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Posts for: June, 2018
How many sinus infections have you had this year? Is it too many to count, or is it one unending bout of sinusitis? Dr. David Jassir, Dr. Mark Sukenik, and Dr. Sabine Hesse expertly treat these debilitating infections. When sprays and antibiotics are ineffective, you may be a candidate for balloon sinuplasty at South Florida ENT Associates in Pembroke Pines and Hollywood, FL.
What is sinusitis?
It's a bacterial or viral infection affecting millions of patients (children through adults in their senior years). Often occurring after the flu or a cold, sinusitis happens when the air-filled spaces in the forehead, inside the cheekbones and behind the nose become inflamed, painful, and clogged with thick, green mucus. Unfortunately, structural problems such as a deviated septum (the dividing partition in the nose) and nasal polyps (fleshy, benign growths) worsen infections.
In general, sinusitis should resolve with a week or two, but acute bouts may last as long as four weeks, say physicians at the Cleveland Clinic. If an infection hits the 12-week mark, ENT doctors call it chronic sinusitis.
Treating sinusitis with balloon sinuplasty in Pembroke Pines and Hollywood
Most sinus infections respond well to humidification, saline nasal sprays, antibiotics (if the infection is bacterial) and steroids to reduce inflammation. However, when infections are stubborn and debilitating, balloon sinuplasty may be needed to open blocked sinus passages and allow free flow of air and nasal secretions.
To determine if you need balloon sinuplasty, your ENT doctor will discuss your symptoms and use diagnostic studies such as CT scan, MRI, or ultrasound to visualize the sinuses. Rhinoscopy, which employs a thin lighted tube inserted into the nose, allows the doctor to see nasal structures and obstructions clearly.
If you qualify, your procedure will happen right at South Florida ENT Associates. Your physician will use a topical anesthetic to numb your nasal passages. He'll introduce a catheter into your nose. Attached to the catheter is a small balloon which the doctor inflates to open up the narrowed areas in the sinuses. A saline rinse removes any mucus build-up.
This treatment takes a little over an hour and requires no cutting, no suturing and little downtime. The International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology says that most patients experience immediate symptom relief that lasts, and they go back to work and other activities within two days.
If your last sinus infection was just one too many or if you're still in the thick of sinusitis and need relief, why not contact South Florida ENT Associates in Pembroke Pines and Hollywood, FL, to ask about balloon sinuplasty? Our office phone number is (954) 966-7000.