Balloon Sinuplasty is a procedure performed by an Ear, Nose, and Throat (Otolaryngologist) specialist for treating complications stemming from clogged and severely blocked sinuses commonly known as sinusitis. The procedure is minimally invasive with no cutting or loss of nasal tissue or bone. Because it is considered a less complex procedure, most patients will enjoy a short recovery period.
The procedure was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2005 for patients diagnosed with sinusitis who do not respond favorably to medications. While Balloon Sinuplasty was a popular option for treatment at its inception (and currently remains so among other ENT physicians), not all patients are viable candidates. Dr. Stefan Shuaib takes a conservative approach to any surgical procedure, including Balloon Sinuplasty.
Dr. Shuaib will assess the severity of the issue and diagnose accordingly. In almost all encounters, medication therapy is prescribed first before even considering surgery. This may not be the case with all physicians. An estimated one-half of the patients Dr. Shuaib treats have undergone Balloon Sinuplasty previously from other physicians. These individuals seek corrective treatment to regain relief.
Balloon Sinuplasty begins with a catheter inserted into the nasal sinuses. A small balloon is then inflated to expand the sinus cavity-inducing drainage of the nasal sinus. Opening the sinus cavity brings an influx of air to the area and allows for normal sinus drainage to resume.
There are many causes of sinusitis including infection, chronic allergies, growths in the sinuses (nasal polyps), or a deviated septum which may make balloon sinuplasty an improper treatment option.
Difficulty in breathing through the nose, pain, and swelling around the eyes, cheeks, nose, and forehead that have remained inflamed for 12 or more weeks creates “Chronic Rhinosinusitis.” Once “Chronic Rhinosinusitis” is identified, Dr. Shuaib prescribes treatment based on all factors. These factors may include:
- The age of the patient
- The amount of discharge from the nose
- Drainage that travels down the back of the throat
- Treatments previously attempted
- Level of difficulty breathing through the nose
- History of nasal trauma
- Pain and tenderness
- Difficulties with taste and smell
Other possible symptoms may include:
- Ear pain
- Upper jaw and teeth pain
- Inflammation of the throat
- Cough (day cough and night cough are different)
- Bad breath
- Patient irritability
- Patient fatigue
WHEN TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH DR. SHUAIB
If you experience any of the symptoms listed above for seven or more days, see Dr. Shuaib now. The exception is a sore throat. If you develop a sore throat, set an appointment only if home remedies are unsuccessful within the first couple days.
WHEN TO SEE DR. SHUAIB IMMEDIATELY
If you develop the following symptoms, do not delay setting an appointment:
- Severe headache
- High fever
- Double vision or other vision changes
- Stiff neck
- Swelling or redness around your eyes
It is extremely important to seek medical care if you experience any of the above symptoms. A delay in treatment can lead to serious complications if left untreated.
Dr. Stefan Shuaib is one of the top sinus surgeons in Texas and provides on-site diagnosis and treatment throughout the Rio Grande Valley. If you are concerned about any changes or symptoms you have been experiencing, it is important to schedule an appointment with Dr. Shuaib today by calling (956) 362-8125.