Balloon sinuplasty is one of the most frequently performed procedures by sinus surgeons today. Balloon sinuplasty is usually performed in the office setting and involves placement of a small sinus balloon into the blocked area of the sinus, inflating then deflating it, and removing it. It can be used to relieve the blockage of anywhere from one to six sinuses, personalized to the patient’s situation. First performed in the middle part of last decade, it was conceived as a way to non invasively open blocked sinuses. Given that 30,000,000 Americans suffer from chronic sinusitis, it immediately began to change the paradigm of how physicians should approach these long term sufferers.
- Balloon sinuplasty is now a mainstream technique for treating symptoms associated with chronic sinusitis. Over 100,000 sinuses have been successfully dilated since the inception of this procedure over a decade ago.
- Balloon sinuplasty dilation is commonly performed in the office setting under mild oral or intravenous sedation. It is a quick procedure to perform. There is virtually no downtime with this procedure. No packing is used and normal activities may be resumed within a day or two.
Pure sleep is always the goal. Put your head on the pillow. Fall asleep quickly. Stay asleep. Wake up refreshed. It should be easier than it often is. Many things can get in the way of a healthy night’s sleep. We are going to focus on one - the nose. Blocked noses can make it difficult to fall asleep. Blocked noses can make it difficult to stay asleep. They can cause snoring, dry mouth, and contribute to sleep apnea. Patients who wake themselves or their bed partners with loud snoring are often very frustrated. Common treatments include the snoring mouthpiece, nasal strips, even surgical interventions. In cases of documented obstructive sleep apnea, a mask (continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP) is used to force air past obstructions which may occur anywhere in the upper airway.