Balloon Sinuplasty Treatment for Chronic Sinusitis
Georgia ENT Specialist the Atlanta area
Sinusitis can interfere with your daily activities and make life more difficult. Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that can permanently relieve symptoms of chronic sinusitis. In over 90% of cases, patients no longer experience their sinusitis symptoms. The balloon sinuplasty procedure is designed to get rid of those annoying or even debilitating symptoms such as headaches, a stuffy nose, coughing, and thick discharge.
In balloon sinuplasty, Dr. Fletcher uses a catheter with a balloon at the end of it. He places it at the location of the blockage in your nasal passages, and opens the balloon. This allows the nasal passages to drain naturally so symptoms go away. With a single simple operation, your symptoms can disappear for good.
The whole procedure is easier for patients than traditional functional endoscopic sinus surgery, or FESS. That operation requires general anesthesia and involves removal of the inflamed tissues in your sinuses. Recovery can be painful and include some bleeding from tissue damage.
Balloon sinuplasty requires little recovery time. Many patients can return to work and regular activities within two days of the procedure. You may be able to get the procedure done under local anesthesia instead of general anesthesia, and Dr. Fletcher can perform the procedure right in our office in Stockbridge instead of having you be admitted to a hospital.