Balloon Sinuplasty Benefits Go Beyond Your Face
Balloon sinuplasty stories in the news often seem to follow a predictable contour. First there is the long-suffering patient who has run out of credible alternatives. Then, the procedure. And then the relief, bold and bright, on a scale previously unknown.
I would fault such stories for their distinct lack of dramatic twists were it not for the fact that I have witnessed this precise progression many times. Patients often come to me feeling desperate after many years of failed antibiotics and steroids. The procedure itself takes about an hour and is minimally invasive, meaning most people return to work the next day. Yet the results are typically astonishing in their speed and edifying in their permanence.
This recent article covers the essential milestones, but adds a detail few sinus patients ever discuss – the collateral symptoms of sinus pain that can extend far beyond the face itself:
She was having chronic severe headaches, her eyes were puffy and her shoulders would hurt. Frequently, she was tired and groggy.
The balloon procedure, completed in about an hour, was done on a Friday last April. By Saturday, she noticed a difference in her breathing and on Monday she was back to work.
“I felt like a new person,” said Jones.
Dental pain, headaches and fatigue are sadly not uncommon when it comes to sinus infections. In-office balloon sinuplasty is the surest and quickest way to promote drainage and eliminate all these sources of pain in a single afternoon.