Do you have sinusitis? There is a new treatment for sinusitis called “Balloon Sinuplasty.” “Balloon Sinuplasty offers a new option for sufferers of sinusitis. Historically there have been just two treatment options and they are not always sufficient. Sinusitis doesn’t sound like it would be a “terrible condition” but it can be. There is a reason for this.
Sinusitis is truly a common and chronic condition. It affects 37 million people in America alone.
What are some of the symptoms of sinusitis?
Symptoms of sinusitis can include but are not necessarily limited to headaches, eye pain, pressure, congestion, fatigue and irritability. This can get into a person’s life both in the day and during the night when it interferes with sleep.
What is the treatment for sinusitis?
Historically there have been two treatments for sinusitis. Most physicians will first try treatment with antibiotics and topical nasal steroids. While this usually works it does not work for 20 percent of people and even for those that it does work for it is a condition that must be treated over and over.
Has your physician advised that you have Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS)? This requires tissue and bone removal and is offered to the 20 percent of people who do not get relief from the antibiotics. Since it is true surgery and involves such a delicate (and intimate) area many people opt to suffer. That is why 900,000 people live in pain and discomfort.
Make no mistake about it; sinusitis can affect anyone.
When our middle son was eight-years-old he began to have dizzy spells and endure nausea. Finally a test ordered by a neurologist revealed a severe sinus problem. It only took some antibiotics and he was fine.
Is there new treatment available?
Funny you should ask. Oh yeah I mentioned it in my first paragraph.
It is called a Balloon Sinuplasty. This procedure is first an out-patient procedure. Further most people are back in full swing within one to two days.
The Balloon Sinuplasty is a very simple procedure. A small catheter is put into the nostril and gently inflated. This restructures the airway and solves the problem.
This new procedure should be a boon to those folks who suffer day after day.
While this is a new procedure the post-treatment numbers have been highly encouraging. 91.6 percent of the patients were still doing great after one year. There were no serious adverse symptoms after two years and after two years 85 percent of the patients continued in excellent “nasal health.
That is all you can expect from any new treatment in my book.
“Balloon Sinuplasty on the Forefront of Technology,” Midwest Wear Nose and Throat, Healthy Cells Magazine, December 2010