21 Jan How Dr. Kuperan Takes the Pain Out of Balloon Sinuplasties
Many people suffer regularly from sinus infections. Symptoms such as nasal congestion, fever, headache, postnasal drip, and cough are all signs of possible sinusitis. Although it can be frustrating, sinus infections usually clear up within a few weeks with the help of over-the-counter medications or treatments. But what happens when the sinus infection doesn’t go away or keeps reoccurring? For those people, seeking help from Dr. Kuperan for further treatments may be necessary.
What Is Balloon Sinuplasty?
If you are someone who suffers from chronic sinus infections, then balloon sinuplasty may be the right treatment for you. Balloon sinuplasty is the most minimally invasive procedure available to treat sinus infections. During the procedure, the surgeon will insert an endoscope up into the nasal cavity along with a thin, flexible balloon catheter. The balloon catheter is guided into the sinus cavity, where it is dilated to slowly and gently expand the sinus opening. This will allow air to flow through the sinuses, and any buildup of mucus or pus can properly drain out. You will feel a decrease in pressure in the sinuses. Once the procedure is complete, the balloon catheter is then removed.
Am I a Candidate?
Balloon sinuplasty is oftentimes recommended to patients who suffer from chronic sinusitis, when other treatments have failed to alleviate symptoms. Some patients have sinus disease that is too severe to respond well to such a minimally invasive treatment approach. These patients may need an endoscopic sinus surgery. In order to be properly diagnosed and treated, it is best to consult with Dr. Kuperan. Typically, those with the following symptoms can benefit from this treatment:
- Recurring sinus infections where medications are not effective
- Sinus headaches
- Difficulty breathing through the nose
- Chronic nasal problems
Dr. Kuperans Minimally Painful Technique
Dr. Kuperan takes extra care to ensure his patients are as comfortable as possible. While most other practices that offer balloon sinuplasty perform it on you while awake, which can be extremely painful, Dr. Kuperan uses general sedation administered by an anesthesiologist so you don’t feel any pain. There is no cutting or incisions with a balloon sinuplasty. There is no tissue or bone removal, which results in less bleeding. Patients are oftentimes able to drive themselves home and return to normal activities within a day or two. At Houston Advanced Nose and Sinus we are able to do the balloon sinuplasty in our office. Our unique comprehensive efficient treatment plans include state-of-the-art in-office CT scans, cutting-edge technology for painless in-office sinus procedures with sedation, and first-class post procedure recovery suites that are unique nationally.