IN CHESTERFIELD, MO
If you suffer from recurring sinus infections, you are not alone. More 37 million Americans suffer from sinusitis every year. The good news is that with the new procedure called balloon sinus dilation, you can say goodbye to your sinus pain and pressure!
What Is Sinus Infection and What Are the Symptoms?
Sinusitis is a common condition involving the cavities around the nasal passages (sinuses), becoming inflamed and swollen. Acute sinusitis is a temporary infection of the sinuses usually associated with a cold, while chronic sinusitis lasts longer and continues to recur despite medical treatment.
With chronic sinusitis, the condition persists causing blockages, interfering with drainage, and causing mucus buildup, which in turn can affect breathing through the nose. Chronic sinusitis can result from an infection, growths in the sinuses called nasal polyps, respiratory tract infections, a deviated septum, or allergies.
Symptoms include thick, discolored discharge from the nose, drainage from the back of the throat, or nasal obstruction affecting breathing. Patients often report severe pain, tenderness and swelling in the face around the eyes, cheeks, nose or forehead, along with a reduced sense of smell and taste. Signs can also include a stuffy nose, ear pain, aching in the upper jaw and teeth, a sore throat, or fatigue.
What Is Balloon Sinus Dilation?
Options for treating chronic sinusitis include medications such as steroids and antibiotics, or in some cases, functional endoscopic surgery, (FESS). Today, qualified patients have a new treatment option, a simple procedure called balloon sinus dilation which is a minimally invasive treatment option that Dr. Richard Maack performs right here in our office.
The balloon sinus dilation procedure works by reshaping the anatomy to expand sinus pathways and to restore drainage. Some patients may not require general anesthesia, and many are able to resume normal activities within 24 hours.
The procedure utilizes small balloons placed in targeted areas in the nose and sinus, which are then dilated. Many patients whose symptoms do not resolve with medication find instant relief with this long-lasting solution. Balloon sinus dilation can be effectively used to treat certain conditions affecting the sinus above the eyebrows, and behind the cheeks and eyes.
Are You Ready for Instant Relief That Lasts?
Dr. Maack is a trained and experienced user of balloon sinus dilation technologies. Call us for an appointment today to determine if this procedure is right for you. We look forward to helping you enjoy instant, lasting relief.