Chronic sinusitis is a condition in which the sinuses (cavities around the nasal passages) are inflamed. The condition is considered chronic when the inflammation lasts 12 or more weeks despite treatment attempts. An uncomfortable condition, sinusitis can cause difficulty breathing, postnasal drainage, swollen eyes and face, facial tenderness, and/or reduced smell and tasting abilities.
Orlando Ear, Nose, and Throat Associates are experts in sinuplasty, a leading sinus surgery technique to help with chronic sinusitis. People who have chronic sinusitis but are not responding to any treatments may be candidates for surgery.
Balloon sinuplasty may be performed at a hospital or as outpatient surgery. During the procedure, a catheter is placed up the nostril and into the sinuses. Once the catheter is in place, a balloon is moved up the wire into the sinuses and inflated. The inflated balloon opens up the blocked sinus area. If the procedure is successful, the sinus passage will remain open even after the balloon is removed.
It’s critical that sinuplasty is performed by a trained professional. A poorly performed procedure may lead to more infection and scar tissue.
If you’ve had sinusitis for 7 or more days several times in the past year that isn’t responding to treatment, you may be moving toward chronic sinusitis. Schedule an appointment with Orlando ENT to see a specialist and understand whether your condition might be helped by sinuplasty.