Balloon Sinuplasty Recovery A solution for the Athlete
Cassie Johnson was an outstanding high school soccer player. As goalie, she was being recruited by many prestigious colleges. When confronted with the possibility of having a procedure to relieve her chronic sinus suffering, her first question was, “How much school will I need to miss?” Cassie’s second question, however, was more difficult: “When can I return to soccer?”
In today’s world, whether a high school or college student; an adult runner, biker, gym user, or triathlete, it seems like the dogging issue is, “When can I return to full activity?” This is how balloon sinuplasty recovery comes into play; it’s a marvelous selling point of the new procedure. The procedure has revolutionized treatment for long-term sinus sufferers. If you read balloon sinuplasty reviews online, and explore the experiences of the thousands who have undergone this often life-changing procedure, you will understand how and why this has been a blessing for patients.
Sinus Treatment: The Old Way (Removal)
Not long ago, whenever someone came into my office with a diseased sinus which failed to respond to medications, we removed it. I remember it well: I performed many of these procedures during my tenure at Johns Hopkins, both as a resident and as assistant chief of service at the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery. After all, what better way to get rid of disease than to put it in a jar?
All of us have four sets of sinuses: the frontal sinuses in the forehead, which often produce sinus headaches; the ethmoid sinuses in the nose, which also produce pain and headaches; the maxillary sinuses in the cheek, where disease can be present as dental pain or facial pain; and the sphenoid sinuses, which are all the way in back and produce headaches towards the top or back of the head.
In addition to the pain, patients had often complained of congestion, stuffiness, drainage, and clogged ears. Any of these sinuses could and previously would be surgically removed if they were chronically diseased and if the patients were suffering enough. So, to avoid putting the patient through a difficult and unpleasant surgery, we would repeatedly treat, then treat again, then treat some more. An army of medications, including antibiotics, decongestants, antihistamines, steroid sprays, allergy shots were all provided to desperate patients. We gave these treatments as long as the patients could tolerate them, because the cure was so much worse! Taking out a sinus involved cuts below the lip, above the head, around the eyes, and sometimes all three! These sinus surgeries were reserved for the sickest of the sick. Then, finally, came a true revolution in the treatment of diseased sinuses: computer-assisted endoscopic sinus surgery
Sinus Treatment: The New Way (Balloon Sinuplasty)
Computer-assisted endoscopic sinus surgery eliminates the need for cuts below the lip or through the skin. What used to be a week-long, inpatient procedure quickly transformed into a minimally-invasive endoscopic procedure, performed through the nostril most often at an outpatient center. A procedure that took three to four hours now could be done in less than one--and without the uncomfortable packing! What could be better? However, that nagging issue about resuming exercise remained; could there be a way to decrease that frustrating three-week waiting period?
Enter balloon sinus dilation, one of the best sinus treatment options available.
Balloon Sinuplasty Recovery: Back On The Field Faster
The same technology developed by the makers of balloon catheters, used to open clogged heart arteries, is now utilized to relieve sinus blockage. The major difference between balloon sinuplasty and endoscopic sinus surgery is that no tissue is removed. As a quick in-office procedure, balloon sinuplasty is performed without the need for general anesthesia. A thin wire is guided into the sinus and a balloon is passed over the wire. Throughout the process, it is inflated, deflated, and removed. Each affected sinus is treated and packing is not required. The patient often feels better immediately in the chair! And, as the proverbial proof is in the pudding, patients resume full activity within just days. Read online reviews: they seem almost too good to be true – but they are, and to date tens of thousands of sinus sufferers are thrilled. It’s all about recovery, and balloon sinus recovery is really awesome!
Cassie was back on the soccer field in two days. She went on to become a superstar in college, starting as a varsity goalie all four years, breathing well, feeling well, and living headache free.
Balloon Sinuplasty: Our Boca Raton Office's Journey
Being at the forefront of any scientific or medical field is both exciting and a privilege. I was fortunate enough to be the chief resident in the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1985, when endoscopic sinus surgery was introduced. Subsequently, we transformed that revolutionary technique into computer-assisted endoscopic sinus surgery in the early ‘90s. We added meticulous computer guidance to the endoscope to ensure more complete correction of the sinus blockage and greatly improve patient safety.
More than a decade later, we began testing the idea of balloon sinus dilation, monitoring balloon sinuplasty recovery time. In June 2014, we were honored to perform the first in-office, computer-guided balloon sinus procedure in the United States. That case, and hundreds that would follow, has proven to be the new revolution in creating beautifully functioning noses and sinuses.
Three decades of revolutionary and evolutionary advancement in the treatment of chronic sinus disease is now rewarded with the incredible experience of the balloon measured in days, not weeks.
For more information or to request a consult with Dr. Nachlas contact Sandy Friedman, Director of Patient Relations at 561-939-0909.