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By Arthur H. Katz, MD
February 08, 2017
Category: ENT
Tags: sinus pain   Sinuplasty  

Find out if your sinus symptoms could be enough to require sinuplasty treatment.sinuplasty

Are you dealing with chronic sinus issues? Do you feel as if nasal congestion is here to stay? Have you tried over-the-counter nasal sprays and other treatments to no avail? If so, don’t lose heart. Our Munster and Merrillville, IN, and Olympia Fields, IL, otolaryngologist, Dr. Arthur Katz, is here to provide information about sinuplasty and whether it could finally give you the relief you need.

What is sinuplasty?

Sinuplasty is a safe and minimally invasive way to treat issues related to chronic sinusitis. This is a great option for someone looking for relief from these issues but without the need for surgery. This procedure does not require any incisions or cutting of tissue or bone, and can be performed by our ENT doctor right here in Olympia Fields, Munster and Merrillville.

What does this procedure entail?

Once local anesthesia has been administered there are several simple steps that are involved in a balloon sinuplasty:

Step 1: We will place the small balloon catheter into the blocked passages of the sinuses.

Step 2: We will inflate the balloon to widen the walls of the sinuses.

Step 3: A saline solution will be sprayed into the sinuses to remove any bacteria or mucus.

Step 4: Once the passages have been expanded and the sinuses have been flushed out we will remove the catheter.

How long does the procedure take?

The length of the procedure will vary, so it’s always a good idea to ask us prior to your sinuplasty. This is an outpatient procedure, so anyone undergoing this procedure will return home the same day.

What is the recovery time?

Since there is not cutting involved recovery time for this procedure is very fast. The majority of patients usually return to their normal activities after a couple of days.

Who could benefit from sinuplasty?

If you have been dealing with chronic sinusitis and medication or other treatment options aren’t giving you the relief you need then you could be an ideal candidate for balloon sinuplasty. It’s important that you talk to our doctor first to determine what treatment is best for you.

If you are looking to treat your chronic sinus problems in Munster or Merrillville, IN, or in Olympia Fields, IL, then it’s time you called our ENT office today.

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!