Chronic sinus infections or sinusitis can be an issue for both adults and children. Chronic infection of the sinuses occurs when the sinus tissue becomes inflamed and lasts for three months or more. The inflammation is generally caused by viral or bacterial infections. If sinusitis cannot be effectively treated with prescription meds, a balloon sinuplasty may be an effective course of treatment. Read on to learn about this minimally invasive procedure.
Symptoms of Chronic Sinusitis
Here are a few common symptoms of chronic sinus infections to look out for in yourself or your child:
- A common cold that lasts longer than 2 weeks
- Swelling near the eyes
- Post nasal drip
- Headaches, fatigue, and irritability
Commonly, sinus infections in children are treated with prescription medication. Sometimes these are not enough to do the trick, however. When these treatment options fail, it’s time to look into alternative options. One such popular treatment for long-term relief is a Balloon Sinuplasty.
Balloon Sinuplasty Benefits
A Balloon Sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that can be very effective in relieving pain from your or your child’s sinus infection. It works by widening the opening to the maxillary sinuses with a small balloon catheter. This procedure is minimally invasive – that means there is no tissue removal needed. The procedure is much less painful that traditional sinus surgeries with less bleeding and a much shorter recovery time. Additionally, because there is no bone removal, facial growth is not affected.
The video below shows exactly how a balloon sinuplasty procedure works:
Balloon Sinuplasties can be done in-office for adults, but most pediatric patients need some anesthesia. Most pediatric patients have their procedure performed at an outpatient surgery center or at the hospital depending on the patient’s other medical history.
Contact our office today to see if a Balloon Sinuplasty is a good treatment option for your child.