Chronic sinusitis treatment

Is dealing with sinus pain a part of your every day?

What causes chronic sinusitis?

Sinusitis is an inflammation of the mucous membranes lining your sinus cavities.  It can be caused by many things including allergies, environmental irritants, viral organisms and nasal obstructions.

Because the sinus cavities are located around and behind your eyes and nose, sinusitis problems make you truly miserable with symptoms of headache, facial pain and pressure, annoying drainage, nasal congestion, swollen eyes, and on and on. Chronic sinus symptoms are one of the most common reasons for purchasing over-the-counter products.

When those home remedies and over-the-counter medications fail to help, sufferers must turn to their doctor for treatment.  Antibiotics, prescription medications and nasal sprays may solve the problem.  But if not, what are the alternatives then?

Suffering from sinus pain and nasal drip
Woman in a doctor's office talking about nasal problems

Are you miserable because of sinus symptoms?

If what you thought was just cold is still hanging on, and those antibiotics didn’t resolve your sinus pressure and drainage, your symptoms might be due to something more than a cold.
You might be struggling with chronic sinusitis.

Find out by taking the sinus quiz

What can I do about my chronic sinusitis?

Sinus surgery can be an option, but in spite of the fact that so many people have been helped through sinus surgery, the myths persist:

My sinuses will clear up eventually.  Maybe, but if you suffer from chronic sinusitis, your sinus discomfort can last indefinitely unless the underlying problem is treated.  If your sinuses don’t drain properly, your symptoms usually return within a short period of time.

Sinus surgery means cutting, removing tissue and packing my nose.  Not necessarily. With technology advances, there is now a minimally invasive procedure that Dr. Trimble can perform in the office for many sinus problems.  It uses endoscopic techniques developed by cardiologists to unblock blood vessels. There is no cutting, no removal of tissue, and no nasal packing.  This revolutionary procedure is called Balloon Sinuplasty.

I’ll have a long recovery time.  Not with Balloon Sinuplasty. While recovery time varies with each patient, most patients who undergo the in-office procedure can return to normal activities and work within 2 days. (1)(2)

It won’t last.  It probably will!  In a clinical study of 1,036 patients who had the Balloon Sinuplasty procedure, sinus symptoms improved in 95% of patients at an average follow-up period of 9 months. (3)  In another study, patients reported symptom improvement up to two years after having the procedure. (1)   Patients have greater satisfaction and avoid the cost of a hospital visit and operating room.

How does Balloon Sinuplasty work?

Locate - Balloon Sinuplasty procedure

Locate

Dr. Trimble will use topical anesthetics to numb your sinuses.  He uses a specialized endoscope to locate the treatment area and place a catheter with a very small balloon on the end.

Dilate & Restore - Balloon Sinuplasty procedure

Dilate & Restore

The little balloon is gently inflated to expand and dilate the sinus passageways.

When the balloon is deflated and removed, the passages remain open to restore normal sinus drainage.

Relieve - Balloon Sinuplasty procedure

Relieve

Balloon Sinuplasty only takes about an hour, and most patients experience the feeling of immediate relief.  They also can resume normal activities almost immediately, and are able to return to work or school within 24 to 48 hours.(4)

"The doctor was wonderful. He listened and what he prescribed has worked just as he told me it would. This doctor was recommended to me and now I truly understand why." - Alex W.

Please Note: Every patient is unique, and your results may vary.

How do I know if I am a candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty?

The first step is to diagnose the real cause of your sinus problems.  Balloon Sinuplasty is not the correct answer to every sinus issue.   Start your recovery by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Trimble to get the right diagnosis and the best treatment.

You deserve the right diagnosis and the right treatment.  End your suffering!

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References

  1. Weiss, et al. “Long-term outcome analysis of balloon catheter sinusotomy: Two-year follow-up.” Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 2008, Vol. 139, pp. S38-S46.
  2. Karanfilov B, et al. Office-Based balloon sinus dilation: a prospective, multicenter study of 203 patients. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol; Nov 2012 Epub.
  3. Levine et al. Multicenter Registry of Balloon Catheter Sinusotomy Outcomes for 1,036 Patients, Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology, 2008, Vol. 117, pp. 263-270.
  4. www.balloonsinuplasty.com/what-is-balloon-sinuplasty/faqs