The Sinus Balloon Makes News
Sinusitis is one of those ailments that sounds limited in scope, but which can affect your entire body and state of mind. The extreme sensitivity of the facial region, coupled with its proximity to the brain and its role in respiration, mean that sinusitis can cause headaches, mood problems, trouble focusing and severely impaired sleep.
In a nutshell: sinusitis colors everything.
Sinusitis is deceptively simple. A sinus infection leads to inflammation along the walls of your sinuses. This inflammation can have a few effects. The first is simply pain – when tissues are inflamed, they become more sensitive to shocks, movement and changes of pressure. But the secondary effect is worse: as the tissue swell up, they can close off drainage pathways for the mucus that is constantly being generated in your sinuses. The resulting buildup creates extraordinary pressure and distress.
Balloon sinuplasty is a simple and elegant surgical procedure designed to reopen those drainage pathways. A small balloon threaded into the blocked region is gently inflated, promoting drainage and relieving pressure.
More and more regions of the country are beginning to talk about balloon sinuplasty. Here’s one recent video from Maryland that tells a familiar story:
I was among the first sinus surgeons in the U.S. to offer balloon sinuplasty as a minimally invasive outpatient procedure. If you’d like to schedule a consultation today, please contact my Los Angeles sinus surgery offices.