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The Facts About Chronic Sinusitis
Sinuses are air-filled pockets behind the facial bones surrounding the nose. Each sinus has an opening through which mucus drains. This drainage keeps your sinuses working well and you healthy. Anything that obstructs that flow may cause a buildup of mucus in the sinuses, which may lead to infection and inflammation of the sinuses. Sinusitis occurs when the linings of your nose, sinuses and throat become inflamed, possibly from a pre-existing cold or allergies. Chronic sinusitis is when this inflammation lasts three months or more.
Common symptoms include:
Typical treatment for sinusitis begins with medication prescribed by your doctor. However, up to 60% of chronic sinusitis sufferers don’t get relief with medication. For these patients, a surgical procedure may be recommended.
Balloon Sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that opens sinus passages. It relieves the pain and pressure associated with chronic sinusitis.
Balloon Sinuplasty is available to some patients as a procedure conducted in a doctor’s office under local anesthesia.
How Does Balloon Sinuplasty Work?
In Balloon Sinuplasty, inflamed sinuses are opened in the same way that doctors open up blocked arteries during balloon angioplasty.
After Balloon Sinuplasty, the sinuses remain open, allowing the return of normal sinus drainage and relief of sinus pressure.
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