Many people who suffer from seasonal allergies and other respiratory problems, such as asthma, find that they can manage these symptoms with OTC medicine. Others with more severe cases may turn to doctors to secure prescriptions instead. But there are some cases when respiratory symptoms require a surgical response.
As a sinus surgeon here in Los Angeles, I see a high number of such patients each year. Determining whose allergic reaction requires surgery, and whose does not, takes careful diagnostic questioning and analysis.
This article underscores the importance of surgery for those who need it, noting:
Patients who have severe and prolonged sinus symptoms require additional medical attention. “In the past, their options were prescription medications or allergy shots. Today, we have an additional solution – balloon sinuplasty,” said Michael J. Hammett, MD. “Balloon sinuplasty or balloon sinus dilation, is a minimally invasive in-office treatment that uses a small balloon to expand the sinus cavity and create an opening for sinus drainage in order to provide immediate relief.”
Balloon sinuplasty has become one of the most popular ways to resolve longstanding sinus issues – including pressure and pain – without the hassle of a major general anesthetic operation. My surgery practice has long been considered one of the nation’s foremost offices for balloon sinuplasty success.
To schedule your own appointment about the possibility of surgery for allergies, start here.