To treat chronic sinusitis, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford offers a new form of minimally invasive sinus surgery - the Relieva Balloon SinuplastyTM system.

Chronic sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinus lining lasting three months or more, and is one of the most commonly diagnosed chronic illnesses. It is most commonly caused by bacterial, viral and/or microbial infections. Structural issues, such as blockage of the sinus opening, can also lead to chronic sinusitis. If the opening is closed, normal mucus drainage may not occur. This condition may lead to infection and inflammation of the sinuses.

Common signs and symptoms of chronic sinusitis include:

  • Facial pain and pressure
  • Nasal congestion or fullness
  • Difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Discharge of yellow or green mucus from the nose
  • Teeth pain
  • Loss of the sense of smell or taste
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Bad breath

What are my treatment options?
Until recently, treatment for chronic sinusitis has been limited to medical therapy or conventional surgery, including Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS). Medical therapy, such as antibiotics or topical nasal steroids, is often successful at reducing mucosal swelling and relieving ostial obstructions. However, for 20 to 25 percent of patients, medical therapy is not adequate, and sinus surgery is their next hope in finding relief. Unfortunately, FESS is a major operation that requires tissue and bone removal to open up blocked sinus passageways. Thanks to Balloon SinuplastyTM, however, patients now have a minimally invasive option, which means less bleeding and a reduced recovery time.

What is Balloon SinuplastyTM and how does it work?
Balloon SinuplastyTM is a new, minimally invasive sinus procedure that allows doctors to treat sufferers of chronic sinusitis. Doctors thread a guidewire into the target sinus to confirm safe and accurate placement, and then slide a tiny balloon over the guidewire into the nostrils and up to the area of blockage. Then they inflate the balloon just enough to open the passageway. The balloon is then deflated and removed. An irrigation catheter is placed over the sinus guide wire into the target sinus, which is then irrigated. Then the irrigation catheter is removed, leaving the nasal passage open and the sinus cleared of mucus, allowing the return of sinus drainage. There is little to no disruption to the mucosal lining.

How do I find out if I should consider it?
Talk with your primary care physician, and then ask for a referral to an otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat physician) on the medical staff at Texas Health HEB who performs this procedure.

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