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By Arthur H. Katz, MD
June 12, 2018
Category: ENT
Tags: balloon sinuplasty  

Balloon SinuplastyDo you suffer from frequent sinus infections but aren't sure that you want to undergo sinus surgery? Balloon sinuplasty may offer a better solution for you. Otolaryngologist Dr. Arthur Katz provides a variety of treatment options for patients with sinus issues, including balloon sinuplasty. He sees patients from the entire South-Suburban and Northwest Indiana area in his Olympia Fields, IL, and Merrillville and Munster, IN, offices.

What is balloon sinuplasty?

During balloon sinuplasty, a small, deflated balloon is passed into your sinuses via your nostrils. Once the balloon is in place, it's slowly inflated. Inflating the balloon widens sinus passage walls by compressing the tissue. The procedure helps relieve congestion and allows more efficient mucus drainage. At the conclusion of balloon sinuplasty, your sinuses will be irrigated with saline solution to remove mucus from your sinuses.

What are the advantages of balloon sinuplasty?

Balloon sinuplasty offers several important benefits, including:

  • No Cutting: Endoscopic sinus surgery involves cutting and removing swollen tissue or pieces of bone that obstruct your sinus passages. There is no cutting in balloon sinuplasty.
  • Reduced Pain: You'll experience less pain after balloon sinuplasty than you would if you had endoscopic sinus surgery. In fact, most people in Munster, Merrillville, and Olympia Fields only experience mild pain that can be controlled with over-the-counter pain relievers. You may have a sinus headache following the procedure, but it will probably only last for a few days.
  • No Need for General Anesthesia: General anesthesia used in endoscopic sinus surgery can cause nausea and vomiting after surgery. Fortunately, those issues won't be a problem with balloon sinuplasty. A local anesthetic will be used to ensure you don't experience any pain during the procedure.
  • Quicker Recovery: Patients who undergo endscopic sinus surgery may need several weeks to a month to recover from surgery. Balloon sinuplasty patients can usually resume their normal activities about two days after the procedure.

Are you tired of living with constant congestion, sinus infections and headaches? Minimally invasive balloon sinuplasty can relieve your symptoms. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Arthur Katz by calling (219) 934-9396 for the Munster, IN, office, (219) 769-8441 for the Merrillville, IN, office, or (708) 747-6900 for the Olympia Fields, IL, office.

By Arthur H. Katz, MD
August 23, 2017
Category: ENT Care

Relief from your sinus infection symptoms could be right around the corner.Balloon Sinuplasty, Chronic Sinusitis

 

If you’ve been dealing with a sinus infection and haven’t been able to find a reprieve from your symptoms, then it’s time you turned to our Munster, IN, Merrillville, IN, or Olympia Fields, IL, otolaryngologist Dr. Arthur Katz for help. Not being able to breathe properly, or dealing with facial pain and tenderness should not be the norm. Find out how this simple, non-surgical treatment could help you.

What is balloon sinuplasty?

In the past, those suffering from chronic sinusitis had to undergo invasive surgery, but now that’s changed thanks to advancing technology. Now our Munster, IN, Merrillville, IN, and Olympia Fields, IL, doctor is able to treat your sinus issues without needing to remove any bone or tissue, or needing to make incisions.

Instead, we will guide a small catheter that contains a deflated balloon into the sinus cavity. Once we reached the block sinuses, we will inflate the balloon, which will help to open up the passageways and remove the blockage.

Once the sinuses have been opened, a saline solution will be sprayed into the cavity to remove any pus or mucus that may have built up. Once the passageways are open and clear, we will remove the balloon catheter. This procedure is completely safe and will not affect the durability of the lining or walls within the sinuses.

Who is a good candidate for this treatment?

If you have been experiencing facial pressure and pain, nasal congestion, nasal discharge, a decrease or loss of smell, or sinus-related headaches and you haven't found relief from prescription medications, then it might be the perfect time to find out if balloon sinuplasty is the next best approach to treating your sinus problems and eliminating your symptoms. This may also be a great option for someone who experiences multiple sinus infections throughout the year.

How long will I experience relief from my sinus symptoms after this procedure?

This will vary from person to person. There are some people who reported a significant improvement in their symptoms nine months after the procedure, while others have still experienced relief after two years.

If you are interested in getting balloon sinuplasty in Munster, IN, Merrillville, IN, or Olympia Fields, IL, then it’s time you called our office and scheduled your no-risk consultation with Dr. Katz.

By Arthur H. Katz, MD
August 15, 2016
Category: ENT
Tags: nose   sinus pain   balloon sinuplasty  

Learn more about balloon sinuplasty from your Munster ENT.

A sinus infection every once in a while is usually nothing to worry about. However, when those infections begin to occur more and more sinus painfrequently, it may be time to see your ear, nose and throat doctor. Balloon sinuplasty can help you find relief from your chronic sinus problems. Learn more with Dr. Arthur Katz in Munster, IN.

What is balloon sinuplasty? 
Balloon sinuplasty is an effective treatment for cases of chronic sinusitis which do not respond to medication. Also known as balloon sinus dilation, balloon sinuplasty uses local anesthetic to numb the sinus area and normally takes under an hour. After the procedure, most patients report no downtime and that they can return to their normal daily activities immediately. The procedure itself involves inserting long, thin balloons into the sinus cavity and inflating them, expanding the sinuses to allow their contents to drain properly.

Recognizing Chronic Sinusitis
Acute and chronic sinusitis have many of the same symptoms, including:

  • pain, swelling or pressure in the facial area
  • thick yellow or green nasal discharge which may flow down the throat
  • sore throat
  • ear pain
  • fatigue
  • headache
  • nausea
  • heavy congestion
  • increased difficulty breathing through the nose

Chronic sinusitis occurs when these symptoms last longer than a few weeks. Additionally, acute sinusitis usually occurs alongside a fever, while patients usually do not experience fever with chronic sinusitis.

Chronic Sinusitis Risk Factors
Those who have existing autoimmune disorders may be more prone to chronic sinusitis than others. Chronic sinusitis occurs more often in people with allergies and asthma, making people who live in areas especially concentrated with allergens even more at-risk. Studies have show chronic sinusitis occurs more frequently in those who have nasal abnormalities like a deviated septum.

For more information on balloon sinuplasty, please contact Dr. Katz in Munster, IN. Call (219) 934-9396 to schedule your consultation for balloon sinuplasty with Dr. Katz today!