Chronic sinusitis is a scourge. When symptoms such as pressure and pain don’t go away – or worse, go away and then instantly recur – this is a sign that you are obviously dealing with something more aggressive than a common cold.
Chronic sinusitis can be caused by allergies or infection, and may respond to medication, rest, irrigation, or none of the above. Truly persistent cases may require a surgical intervention of some kind, either in the guise of endoscopic sinus surgery, or balloon sinuplasty surgery.
Why is it necessary for a sinus surgeon to “get in there” and address the issue head on? Because the mechanism responsible for draining your sinuses – a complex process that involves slowly flowing mucus finding its way into the stomach via small openings known as ostia – can get “gummed up” by inflammation, slowing the routine to a crawl, and compacting the mucus that remains. This build-up of mucus presents as congestion, pain, and, in some cases, fever and nausea.
The balloon sinus procedure is the easiest and least invasive surgical choice available. There are no incisions and no packing afterward; the process involves threading a guided wire up through the nostril and into the area of obstruction. Once there, a small balloon is remotely inflated to create an opening for the mucus to drain. Your sinus surgeon visualizes the area in real time throughout.
Here’s one account of the experience:
The Los Angeles Sinus Institute is the premier provider of sinusitis care and balloon sinus surgery in LA. To make an appointment with expert surgeon Dr. Mani Zadeh, please call us today.