More than 37 million Americans are affected by sinusitis every year. Patients tired of battling chronic sinusitis now have another weapon in their fight to relieve the headaches, congestion, facial pain and fatigue caused by inflamed sinus passages. Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure to clear sinuses and help patients breathe easier. The treatment involves threading a flexible catheter, or small tube, into a narrowed or blocked sinus passageway. The catheter is slowly inflated and then later removed to create a wider opening and restructure flexible sinus bones so mucus can flow normally.
“Balloon sinuplasty can provide greater access to certain sinus cavities more easily, has been proven to be just as safe and effective as traditional nasal surgery, and usually allows the patient to recuperate quickly,” says Khoa Tran, MD, otolaryngologist (ENT) on the medical staff at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. “There is minimal post-operative scarring and discomfort because we are gently stretching the sinus opening rather than surgically removing tissue to provide adequate drainage and restore long-lasting normal function.”
Balloon sinuplasty is performed on an outpatient basis and patients may return to normal activities in about a day.
For a free referral to an otolaryngologist who performs balloon sinuplasty, call the Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital Physician Referral Service at 1-800-681-2733 or visit www.CyFairHospital.com/Physician.