With the introduction of a novel, endoscopic, catheter-based technology called the Balloon Sinuplasty™ system, there are new options for chronic sinusitis that you can discuss with your doctor. This FDA-cleared technology uses a small, flexible, sinus balloon catheter to open up blocked sinus passageways, restoring normal sinus drainage. When the sinus balloon is inflated, it gently restructures and widens the walls of the passageway while maintaining the integrity of the sinus lining.
Your Miami SFENTA physician will perform the procedure under local anesthesia, which means you will be awake but unable to feel any discomfort. You will be free to return home immediately after your appointment, and within 24 hours you can resume your normal daily routine.
When done correctly, balloon sinuplasty can offer relief from:
Balloon sinuplasty has a number of benefits for patients in Miami and throughout Florida. They include:
Sinusitis affects 37 million people each year, making it one of the most common health problems in the U.S. It is more prevalent than heart disease and asthma and has a greater impact on quality of life than chronic back pain or congestive heart failure. Symptoms may significantly affect people physically, functionally, and emotionally.
To understand sinusitis, it is important to first learn about your sinuses and their role in maintaining your health.
The sinuses are air spaces behind the bones of the upper face, between the eyes and behind the forehead, nose and cheeks. The sinuses are covered with a mucus layer and cells that contain little hairs on their surfaces called cilia. These help trap and push out bacteria and pollutants.
Each sinus has an opening that allows mucous to drain – this drainage is essential to keeping your sinuses working well and you healthy. Anything that obstructs that flow may cause a buildup of mucus in the sinuses and trigger symptoms that range from minor to severe.
Experts agree that healthy sinuses are a key to a good quality of life and that unhealthy sinuses may cause unwanted complications.
Sinusitis is defined as an inflammation of the sinus lining commonly caused by bacterial, viral and / or microbial infections; as well as, structural issues such as ostial blockage. Symptoms include nasal congestion, facial discomfort, nasal discharge, headache, and fatigue.
There are two main categories of sinusitis: acute and chronic.
Sinusitis is usually preceded by a cold, allergy attack or irritation from environmental pollutants. Often, the resulting symptoms, such as nasal pressure, nasal congestion, a “runny nose,” and fever, run their course in a few days. However, if symptoms persist, a bacterial infection or acute sinusitis may develop.
Most cases of sinusitis are acute (or sudden onset); however, if the condition occurs frequently or lasts 12 weeks or more, you may have chronic sinusitis. In terms of symptoms, chronic sinusitis is very similar to the acute version. However, it’s unique in that the symptoms endure, don’t resolve and are often associated with fatigue.
There are several different causes of chronic sinusitis. One is nasal polyps, which are noncancerous growths that can block the nasal passages and sinuses. Another is a deviated septum, which occurs when the cartilage and bone that separates your nostrils into two halves is severely displaced to one side. Infections and allergies can also cause chronic sinusitis by preventing your sinuses from draining properly.
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Balloon sinuplasty is a very effective way to treat chronic sinus symptoms and restore your quality of life. If you have been diagnosed with chronic sinusitis and your symptoms are not responding well to medication, it may be an ideal treatment approach for you. However, the only way to definitively determine your candidacy is to schedule an appointment with a Miami ENT who performs the procedure.
If you're experiencing ear, nose and throat symptoms, contact SFENTA today. Our board-certified ENTs will help you determine the underlying cause of your problems and deliver the effective, rapid treatment you need.
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