Sinusitis (Balloon Sinuplasty)
Do you suffer from frequent migraines or hindered breathing? The sinuses are a network of hollow cavities within the skull that are connected to the upper part of the respiratory system. These cavities are usually empty except for a thin layer of mucus, but when the cavities fill with excess amounts of mucus it can cause many unpleasant side effects, a condition known as sinusitis.
Many patients throughout Davis County suffer from sinusitis and the specialists at Mountain West ENT in Bountiful and Layton are here to provide balloon sinuplasty procedures to relieve these uncomfortable symptoms.
Types of Sinusitis
Sinusitis can take two different forms in Bountiful and Layton patients: acute and chronic.
- Acute Sinusitis: This form of sinusitis is marked by the sudden onset of severe symptoms including thick drainage from the nose and down the back of the throat, congestion which interferes with your ability to breathe through your nose, swelling and pressure around the eyes, and pain around the eyes.
- Chronic Sinusitis: Alternately, chronic sinusitis is a condition developed over time and is characterized by similar symptoms including discharge, congestion, pain and swelling in the forehead, ear pain, reduced sense of smell and taste, regular cough, and sore throatHow Can the Balloon Sinuplasty Procedure Help Patients in Bountiful and Layton?
How Can the Balloon Sinuplasty Procedure Help Patients in Bountiful and Layton?
Unlike traditional sinus surgeries, a Bountiful balloon sinuplasty boasts a quicker recovery time and less pain. The procedure can be performed in-office and patients can return home that evening following the sinuplasty. To begin, the doctor will apply a local anesthetic to the nasal cavities and carefully insert a catheter into the affected sinus. A balloon attached to the catheter will then expand to restructure and widen the walls of the sinus cavity. Another attachment on the catheter will then spray a saline solution into the cavity to flush out any infected mucus, emptying the cavity.
A balloon sinuplasty has both positive short and long-term effects, as it immediately provides relief from pressure and congestion, and prevents the likelihood of sinusitis reoccurrence, since the procedure is designed to repair sinus cavity issues.
This In-office Procedure is quick and Effective
In our ENT office, there is no cutting of nasal bone or tissue. The entire procedure takes less than two hours and many patients have noticeable improvements right after their procedure. Most patients return to work and normal activities within a couple days!
To consult with one of our Bountiful or Layton experienced ear, nose, and throat specialists about sinusitis and the benefit of a balloon sinuplasty, contact our office today!