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Sinus infections that won't clear up or keep coming back can make life a misery. If you're struggling to cope with intense head pain due to sinusitis, board-certified otolaryngologist Jeff Goodell, DO, of ENT & Allergy in Midwest City, Oklahoma, can help. Dr. Goodell uses advanced, minimally invasive balloon sinuplasty to relieve sinus pain without the need for surgery. To find out more, call ENT & Allergy or book an appointment online today.
Balloon sinuplasty is a safe, effective treatment for chronic or recurring sinusitis. It involves opening your inflamed sinuses without the need to remove bone or tissue from inside your face.
The procedure works on the same principle as balloon angioplasty for treating blocked arteries, whereby the inflating balloon flattens the tissues to increase available space.
Because it's less invasive than traditional sinus surgery, balloon sinuplasty doesn't cause as much discomfort and only requires a short period of downtime. This makes it a good choice for sinus pain relief.
Dr. Goodell might suggest balloon sinuplasty if you have sinusitis that isn't improving using medications.
Your sinuses are air spaces in your head. There are some behind your nose and cheeks, between your eyes, and behind the bones of your upper face and forehead. The mucus layer covering your sinuses contains tiny hairs called cilia that help trap bacteria and pollutants.
If the openings that allow mucus to drain from your sinuses become blocked, mucus builds up and inflammation sets in. The result is intense, throbbing head and facial pain that worsens when you bend over.
Sinusitis often develops after a cold or allergy attack, and may clear up as you recover. Sometimes, however, infection sets in, and symptoms persist or keep returning.
You might be suitable for balloon sinuplasty if your sinus infection has lasted more than 12 weeks or you're getting four or more sinus infections a year.
Balloon sinuplasty offers considerable advantages, including:
Balloon sinuplasty has been in use since 2005, without any significant adverse effects. Unlike traditional sinus surgery, balloon sinuplasty takes place under local anesthesia, so you avoid the risks of a general anesthetic.
Chronic sinusitis patients typically report an improvement in their sinus symptoms following balloon sinuplasty that lasts for several years.
Recovery time after balloon sinuplasty varies between people, but on average, patients are back at work two days after their procedure.
You can undergo balloon sinuplasty as an outpatient at the ENT & Allergy office. Dr. Goodell has more than 10 years of experience in carrying out this procedure.
Find out if you qualify for balloon sinuplasty by calling ENT & Allergy today, or book an appointment online.