Approximately 37 million Americans per year suffer from a condition that previously only offered two methods of relief. This condition is called sinusitis, and with medication and invasive sinus surgery being the only two ways to treat it, patients were often concerned. Luckily, Dr. Thomas Brandeisky specializes in in-office balloon sinus dilation – an effective treatment alternative for many sinusitis patients.
An effective alternative for some patients whose symptoms don’t resolve with medication – the procedure does not require general anesthesia, provides reduced facial pain, uses less antibiotics, and fewer visits to the doctor. Not to mention an incredible quality of life change.
How Does It Work?
Balloon Sinuplasty is a noninvasive option for the management of sinus symptoms that have been unresponsive to medical management, including allergy treatment. Using a small balloon, Dr. Brandeisky will expand the sinus drainage passage and restore normal drainage, not requiring removal of bone or tissue.
“The balloon gets dilated, it will enlarge the sinus opening, we take out the balloon and the opening remains in a majority of the patients,” says Dr. Howard Levine, a teacher of the method to many physicians. This procedure opens the sinuses, relieving discomfort. The typical procedure can last less than 45 minutes in Dr. Brandeisky’s office and offers patients long lasting relief.
Do you have Sinusitis?
The American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology says typical sinusitis symptoms include the following:
Dr. Brandeisky performs balloon sinuplasty when multiple courses of antibiotics failed to improve the patient’s complaints, CAT scan findings demonstrate compromised sinus drainage tracts, and in the absence of other relative complications such as critical use of blood thinners, and extensive polyposis.
According to Dr. Howard Levine, “What’s different about from some of the traditional sinus surgery is the ability to preserve tissue, to minimize the amount of trauma.”
In certain cases balloon sinuplasty can be used to revise prior sinus surgery that has healed poorly. Contact us to book your appointment and discuss the treatment that will relieve the pain of sinusitis today!
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Sources: American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology, Dr. Howard Levine