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Finally, experience sweet relief from your chronic sinusitis symptoms with this non-surgical procedure.
While most people will deal with a short bout of sinusitis (a sinus infection), most people will experience relief after a few weeks; unfortunately, there are some people out there that develop sinusitis and never experience a reprieve. They suffer for weeks and weeks on end. No over-the-counter remedies seem to alleviate it. If this sounds like you, then it might be time to talk to one of our Thousand Oaks, CA, otolaryngologists about balloon sinuplasty.
What is balloon sinuplasty?
This procedure uses a small catheter with a deflated balloon at its end. The instrument is slowly guided into the nasal cavity and the balloon is inflated. By inflating the balloon, our Thousand Oaks, CA, ENT doctors can open up the inflamed and blocked walls to allow the nasal cavities to properly drain. Our ENT doctors will also flush out the area to remove mucus and other debris that’s been built up. Once this has happened, the catheter can be removed.
What makes it a good option for someone dealing with chronic sinusitis?
There are so many benefits to getting balloon sinuplasty. For one, this procedure doesn’t require any incisions or cutting of bone or tissue. This means a significantly shorter and easier recovery period. Plus, this can easily be done right here in our office without the need for general anesthesia. This treatment is easy and can be performed in about an hour to an hour and a half.
Who is a good candidate for balloon sinuplasty?
If you are someone who has been dealing with facial pressure, nasal congestion and discharge, or sinus headaches for over 12 weeks or more and haven’t found relief from over-the-counter or prescription medications and treatment then it’s time to talk to us about whether this minimally invasive procedure may finally rid you of your pesky long-term symptoms.
What is the recovery period like?
Since this procedure is minimally invasive and doesn’t require any incisions or cutting, you can leave the office right after your procedure and will be able to return to your normal routine within a couple of days.
Do I only need to get balloon sinuplasty once?
The majority of patients experience the relief they’ve been looking for with balloon sinuplasty. In most cases, just one treatment session is all you need to keep nasal passages open.
The doctors at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat in Thousand Oaks, CA, are here to answer all of your questions or to help you decide whether balloon sinuplasty is right for you. Book your consultation with us today!