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How You Know It’s Time For a Balloon Sinuplasty

Sinus problems plague millions of individuals across the country, each year. Unfortunately for some, these issues are not only annoying, but also ongoing, and symptoms can last for months, and even years. Many continue to suffer in silence and do not seek treatment, assuming that symptoms will clear up on their own, or that they will just be placed on medication. This is not usually the case. Fortunately, there are alternatives.

Balloon sinuplasty is a safe and minimally invasive treatment option that provides lasting relief for chronic sinus problems. Gone are the days of focusing solely on the treatment of symptoms. Board certified otolaryngologists (ENT doctors) now have the tools to treat many of the underlying causes of chronic sinus problems, so that patients experience long-term relief.

Is Balloon Sinuplasty for Me?

Balloon sinuplasty is often used to treat chronic sinusitis, or ongoing sinus infections. When these infections happen again and again and don’t respond well to medications or other treatments, this procedure may help. Chronic sinusitis is a fairly common condition, lasting longer than eight weeks, that causes nasal passages to become inflamed and swollen. This can lead to a host of problems. Chronic sinusitis can be caused by a bacterial, viral or fungal infection, nasal polyps or a deviated septum.

The symptoms are similar to acute sinusitis, but last much longer and include:

  • Congestion which makes it difficult for you to breathe through your nose
  • Thick, yellow, green or pus-like nasal discharge
  • Pain, tenderness and swelling around your nose, eyes, cheeks or forehead
  • Trouble smelling or tasting
  • Aching in your jaw
  • Persistent cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Bad breath
  • Ear pain
  • Headaches

Fever is not one of the symptoms generally associated with chronic sinusitis, so you might mistake the condition for allergies or the common cold. Chronic sinusitis can impact your overall health, and balloon sinuplasty can help keep symptoms from negatively affecting your quality of life.

What is Balloon Sinuplasty?

Balloon sinuplasty is a safe procedure that provides lasting relief for people with sinus problems by opening the sinuses. It is a less invasive procedure than traditional sinus surgery, and patients can resume normal activity quickly.

During the procedure, a tiny inflatable balloon is used to gently stretch open the sinus openings. Unlike other treatments, bones and tissue are not removed during the procedure. In some cases, the entire procedure can be performed in an office setting, avoiding the need for hospitalization.

Why Choose Balloon Sinuplasty?

A majority of chronic sinusitis sufferers find that medications alone do not relieve their symptoms. Balloon sinuplasty has an extremely high success rate and provides lasting relief. Here are some of the benefits to choosing the procedure:

  • Safe and minimally invasive
  • Often can be performed in-office
  • Quick recovery time
  • Meaningful improvement of symptoms
  • Minimal bleed and post-op pain
  • Low complication rate
  • Effective for most people

Looking for Balloon Sinuplasty in NYC?

If you are experiencing ongoing sinus problems, a board certified otolaryngologist can help you get to the bottom of these issues and help you decide if balloon sinuplasty is right for you.

Board-certified otolaryngologist, Dr. David O. Volpi, was one of the first doctors to offer balloon sinuplasty in New York. He has perfected his technique in performing balloon sinuplasty and utilizes the latest endoscopic imagine tools to minimize damage to internal structures and blood vessels, allowing you to recovery even faster after surgery. Dr. Volpi is on staff at several of the finest hospitals in New York City.

Along with his practices on the Upper East Side and Upper West Side of Manhattan, he is the founder and CEO of eos sleep, a center for the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea that has received national recognition. His work has been included in numerous scientific publications, and he is frequently invited to present at national conferences.

For a consultation, and to learn more about the treatment options for ongoing sinus problems, contact us for an appointment.

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