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By Arthur H Katz MD
July 22, 2021
Category: ENT Care
Tags: balloon sinuplasty  

Chronic sinusitis sufferers can finally find relief through this minimally invasive procedure.

According to the CDC, approximately 11.7 million Americans have been diagnosed with chronic sinusitis. Are you one of them? If you are battling chronic sinusitis then you’re used to facial congestion and pain, difficulty breathing, fatigue, sore throats, and even headaches. Perhaps you’ve attempted just about every treatment possible, but nothing has helped alleviate your sinus symptoms. If you’re at your wit's end trying to find something to help make your chronic sinusitis better, then consider the benefits of getting balloon sinuplasty from our Munster, IN, otolaryngologist, Dr. Katz

What is balloon sinuplasty?

This endoscopic surgery is recommended for patients who’ve been diagnosed with chronic sinusitis and aren’t experiencing relief from medication. This non-surgical procedure helps to open up blocked sinuses and improve nasal breathing.

What are the pros of this sinus surgery?

This surgery offers an array of benefits for the chronic sinusitis sufferer including:

Less invasive: Unlike other traditional sinus surgeries, balloon sinuplasty does not remove bone or tissue from the nose, making the recovery time much faster with fewer possible post-procedural side effects.

Effective: Many patients not only notice instant relief and the ability to properly breathe out of their noses again but also results from this procedure can last up to two years or more.

Quick recovery time: Since no incisions or cutting is involved and the techniques are minimally invasive, recovery time is significantly reduced compared to more traditional sinus surgeries. While this will vary a bit depending on each patient, it’s still pretty quick. Most patient can resume their normal activities within a couple of days.

Performed in-office: You can now have this procedure right here in our office under topical anesthesia. This means a faster treatment with fewer side effects. No operating room and no general anesthesia.

What is involved in the balloon sinuplasty procedure?

Before turning to our Munster, IN, ENT team for balloon sinuplasty you might want to know what to expect. Here are the steps involved in the popular procedure,

Step 1: You will receive topical anesthesia to numb the area before the endoscopy

Step 2: Our ENT team will use a guided wire to navigate the balloon catheter into the blocked sinuses

Step 3: The balloon is then inflated to enlarge the sinus pathways and remove the blockage to allow for proper sinus drainage

Step 4: A saline solution is sprayed into the sinus cavity to remove mucus and bacteria

Step 5: Our ENT team will carefully remove the balloon catheter from your sinuses

Is balloon sinuplasty right for me?

Do you have chronic sinusitis or recurrent rhinosinusitis? Are the medications prescribed to you not working? Then you could be a good candidate for this treatment.

To find out if balloon sinuplasty is right for you, schedule a consultation with our Munster, IN, otolaryngologist, Dr. Katz, who also serves the Olympia Fields, IL, area. Call (219) 934-9396 or (708) 747-6900 to book an appointment.

By Arthur H. Katz, MD
March 08, 2019
Category: ENT
Tags: balloon sinuplasty  

Sinus surgery isn't always the only way to treat chronic sinus pain, inflammation and infections. Balloon sinuplasty provides a minimally ENTinvasive alternative to traditional surgery. Balloon sinuplasty is among the treatments offered by your Olympia Fields, Crown Point, and Munster, IN, ENT, Dr. Arthur Katz.

How does balloon sinuplasty work?

Chronic headaches, nasal congestion and stubborn sinus infections can make your life miserable. It's difficult to concentrate at work or school when your pain is never-ending and fatigue may make it hard to participate in your favorite activities. Although decongestants and other medications may help, they may not offer enough relief if you have chronic sinus issues.

Sinus surgery, which involves cutting the tissue and bone that block your sinuses, is one option if you have chronic sinusitis. Although the surgery is effective, recovery can be painful. Balloon surgery eliminates cutting, which speeds the recovery process and reduces post-procedure pain.

During the treatment, your Crown Point, Olympia Fields, or Munster, IN, ENT inserts a small catheter containing a tiny balloon into your nostril and passes it into your sinuses. Once the balloon is in place, he inflates it. Inflating the balloon widens your sinus walls, eliminating congestion and making it easier to breathe. Mucus or pus that has collected in your sinuses is flushed away with saline solution during the treatment.

Side effects of anesthesia make some people feel nauseated after surgery. You'll only need a local anesthetic when you choose balloon sinuplasty and won't have to worry about unpleasant side effects.

What are the advantages of balloon sinuplasty?

Balloon sinuplasty offers a few important benefits when compared to traditional sinus surgery. Although recovery from traditional surgery generally takes about a month, most people can resume their normal activities two days after balloon sinuplasty.

No cutting means much less pain while you recover. You may have a sinus headache for a few days, but pain usually responds well to over-the-counter pain relievers.

Would you like to find out if balloon sinuplasty can relieve your painful sinus issues? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Arthur Katz by calling (219) 934-9396 for the Munster, IN, office, (219) 769-8441 for the Crown Point office, or (708) 747-6900 for the Olympia Fields office.

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!