Ending the Cycle
of Chronic Sinusitis

When sinusitis lasts for more than twelve weeks it begins to have a very serious impact on the quality of life of the sufferer. Chronic sinusitis causes pain, infection, and fatigue that can interfere with work and family time.i

Patients who live with this degree of pain and suffering and who have tried multiple medications without success may begin to think that sinus removal is the only way they could ever find relief. Thanks to advances in modern medicine, such drastic surgery is not necessary. Endoscopic sinus surgery and balloon sinus dilation are two safe and effective ways to widen the nasal passages, restore drainage and provide lasting relief to chronic sinusitis sufferers.ii,iii

Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

Endoscopic sinus surgery was introduced in the early 1980s as an alternative to more invasive surgical techniques.

During endoscopic sinus surgery, small cutting instruments are used to remove tissue and expand drainage pathways. The goal of the surgery is to spare the lining of the sinus, which plays an important role in moving mucus out of the sinus. Access is gained through the nostrils, and tools are navigated through the nasal passageways with the aid of a scope. Endoscopic sinus surgery is typically performed in an operating room with the patient under general anesthesia.

Endoscopic sinus surgery recovery may involve nasal packing to control bleeding and frequent nasal irrigation to prevent crusting during the healing process. Patients usually make a full recovery in 1 to 2 weeks.iv

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Balloon Sinus Surgery

Balloon sinus surgery is a less invasive procedure that can be performed in the comfort of a doctor's office with the use of local anesthesia. A small instrument is inserted through the nasal passages to the treatment area. A small balloon is then inflated for five seconds and then deflated, gently reshaping the drainage pathways. After dilation is complete, the instrument and balloon are removed. The entire procedure lasts approximately 30 minutes.vi

Most patients experience a quick recovery after balloon sinus surgery. Many patients return to regular activity within 24 - 48 hours after surgery. And relief is lasting.vii

Finding the Right Doctor

There is relief available to those suffering from chronic sinusitis--and it typically does not involve sinus removal. Balloon sinus surgery offers safe, comfortable, convenient relief. Find a doctor in your area who can help you decide if it is the right option for you.

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  2. Damm M, Quante G. Impact of functional endoscopic sinus surgery on symptoms and quality of life in chronic rhinosinusitis. Laryngoscope 2002 Feb;112(2):310-5.
  3. Stankiewicz J, Truitt T, Atkins J, Winegar B, Cink P, Raviv J, Henderson D, Tami T. Two-year results: transantral balloon dilation of the ethmoid infundibulum. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2012 May; 2(3): 199-206
  4. Kemppainen TP, Tuomilehto H, Kokki H, Seppa J, Nuutinen J. Pain treatment and recovery after endoscopic sinus surgery. Laryngoscope. 2007 Aug; 117(8): 1434-8.
  5. Gould, J. In-Office Balloon Dilation: Procedure Techniques and Outcomes Using a Malleable Multi-Sinus Tool. ENT Journal. Vendome Healthcare Media, 19 December 2013.
  6. Gould, J. In-Office Balloon Dilation: Procedure Techniques and Outcomes Using a Malleable Multi-Sinus Tool. ENT Journal. Vendome Healthcare Media, 19 December 2013.
  7. Stankiewicz J, Truitt T, Atkins J, Winegar B, Cink P, Raviv J, Henderson D, Tami T. Two-year results: transantral balloon dilation of the ethmoid infundibulum. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2012 May; 2(3): 199-206