Millions of people suffer from chronic sinus issues. Medical treatments including antibiotics can ease most symptoms but if symptoms last more than 12 weeks, Grant Regional Health Center has a solution for you!
Balloon Sinuplasty is a minimally invasive treatment for sinusitis, also called chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS). It is an outpatient procedure to widen the natural drainage pathways of the sinuses. This procedure is done by endoscopy, which means there are no external changes to the nose, it has a quicker recovery time, and there is minimal downtime. This procedure can also be done under sedation to allow for a painless experience, and it is often done within just a matter of minutes.
This technique uses a small balloon device, which is placed through the nasal cavity and into the natural opening of the sinus. The sinus passage is then enlarged to allow the cavities to be cleaned and washed out; this relieves the pressure and also removes the trapped infection. The balloon device is then removed. No remaining packing or permanent materials are necessary, unlike the more traditional endoscopic sinus surgery. This means much faster recovery and excellent results.
More than 30 million people have CRS. Medical treatments, including antibiotics, can ease most peoples’ symptoms. But if your symptoms last more than 12 weeks, you might be a candidate for balloon sinuplasty or endoscopic sinus surgery. The following CRS symptoms include:
- Recurrent infections
- Facial pain and pressure
- Sinus headaches
- Diminished sense of smell or taste
- Difficulty breathing
- Chronic infection that fails to improve with antibiotics
Dr. Dale Chilson has many years of experience performing this procedure and is available to assess patients using the latest technology and decide the appropriate treatment. With his expertise in sinus care, he will work with patients to create a treatment plan that is specific and individualized for each patient’s condition. We have the capability to perform a comprehensive evaluation, including endoscopic examination, allergy testing, and CT scans – all locally without the need to travel great distances. To learn more or schedule your appointment today to discuss your options, call Grant Regional Community Clinic at (608) 723-2131.