Sinus Surgery for Chronic Sinusitis Treatment
Balloon Sinuplasty is a minimally invasive, breakthrough technology used by a qualified ENT doctor to treat chronic sinusitis patients who have sinusitis symptoms that have not responded to sinus medications and therapies. Studies report durable results lasting up to two years after the procedure.
Balloon Sinuplasty can be performed right in our office under local anesthesia. Dr Latorre begins by inserting a small, flexible balloon catheter into the nose to reach the inflamed sinus. The sinus balloon is slowly inflated to restructure the blocked nasal passage.
Unlike conventional sinus surgery, Balloon Sinuplasty preserves the normal anatomy of the sinuses and mucosal tissue, and does not require the removal of bone and tissue.
Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS)
Previously, the only surgical option for clearing blocked sinuses was known as functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS), which removes bone and tissue from the nose to enlarge the sinus opening. This removal of bone and tissue can require uncomfortable nasal packing after surgery and lead to post-surgery pain and scarring.
How does it work to treat sinusitis?
Blocked sinus drainage pathways prevent effective drainage and healing. By expanding sinus opening and drainage pathways, balloon sinus dilation restores drainage.
250,000 patients have been treated safely by physicians using Balloon Sinuplasty technology.
Chronic sinusitis symptoms are painful and they can slow you down. Schedule a consultation to see if you are a candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty.
Facts About Sinusitis
• Sinusitis affects approximately 14% of the adult U.S. population. • Sinusitis affects 17% of women and 10% of men each year. • Chronic sinusitis (not including acute sinusitis) results annually in an estimated 7 million physician office visits. • Direct healthcare expenditures due to sinusitis costs are well over $8 billion each year. • Total restricted activity days due to sinusitis are over 58 million per year. • Up to 60% of patients are not successfully treated with sinus medication. When medical management methods are not enough to relieve patients’ symptoms, sinus surgery may be recommended. Sinusitis treatment includes medical and natural therapy, as well as sinus surgery.Dr. Latorre (ENT doctor) can diagnose acute or chronic sinusitis and determine the best treatment plan.
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The left picture is the left nasal cavity. The turbinate is the swollen structure on the right side. The nasal septum is on the left side. The right photograph is after the In- office turbinate reduction. The space is now the new nasal airway.
Chronic sinus infections and pressure headaches can be so painful, it may be difficult to breathe and function during every day activities. If you suffer from chronic sinusitis, your primary care doctor is likely to refer you to an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist (ENT doctor). Dr. Randall Latorre will determine the best chronic sinusitis treatment plan for you.
Typical chronic sinusitis treatment begins with medication, which may include homeopathic, over-the-counter and prescription medications, which may include:
• Nasal steroids – Antibiotics – Mucus thinning drugs – decongestants
• Oral steroids
Natural remedies, including cool and hot mist vaporizers, steam, Neti Pot and sinus rinsing.
Healthcare professionals often find it difficult to treat the majority of chronic sinusitis sufferers with medication. It is estimated that up to 60% of sinusitis sufferers do not get relief with medication
Facial congestion/fullness - Nasal obstruction/blockage - Nasal discharge - Fever - Headaches - Fatigue - Dental Pain - Bad breath
• Sinusitis patients are seeking treatment that provides lasting relief without surgery or the side effects and cost of medical treatment
• In-office balloon sinus dilation is an increasingly preferred choice among a large group of patients actively searching for a minimally-invasive choice with a fast recovery.
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