As chronic sinusitis sufferers can attest, a bad flare-up can feel like your head is being held under water, as someone is simultaneously pounding between your eyes with a hammer. While there are many over the counter and prescription treatments available to treat the symptoms of a mild to a moderate sinus infection, they are not always effective in clearing up persistent sinus problems that can cause agony for weeks or even months at a time.
Chronic Sinusitis Treatment in Lafayette, LA
A balloon sinuplasty performs a function similar to an angioplasty, which helps to opens up clogged and narrowed arteries that compromise oxygen and blood flow to the heart. A damaged and blocked sinus cavity restricts breathing by compromising the airway in much the same way. With a tiny balloon, a head and neck surgeon at Lafayette Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists can gently clear the sinus cavity to improve breathing and nasal function.
As a minimally invasive procedure, it can be performed under local or general anesthesia, depending on the patient and the circumstances of each case. Pain and side effects are much lower with minimally invasive procedures than with traditional open surgery, and balloon sinuplasty patients can typically expect to feel well enough to return to their normal daily routines within a few days.
Benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty
- Endoscopic procedure (does not require incisions or stitches)
- Outpatient sinuplasty allows many patients to go home on the same day
- No scarring
- Can provide relief for cases of chronic sinusitis that have not responded to previous forms of treatment
- Improved draining and function of nasal cavity for patients not suffering from polyps or significant scarring in the sinus cavity
Balloon Sinuplasty in Lafayette, LA
If you suffer from frequent nasal infections and pain, a balloon sinuplasty procedure may be right for you. Contact an otolaryngologist at Lafayette Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists at (337) 232-2330 for more information and to schedule a consultation today.