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