North Colorado Medical Center offers a new hope for people with chronic sinus conditions Sinuplasty is a recently developed, FDA-approved sinus surgery that has patients returning home the same day because there is less cutting, blood loss and trauma.
During sinuplasty surgery, the doctor inserts a balloon catheter into the sinuses and gently inflates the balloon to restructure and widen the sinus passages. The balloon opens up sinuses at the natural opening site to redevelop drainage. Risk for complication is low and recovery is quicker.
What Is sinusitis?
Sinusitis, or sinus infection, is one of the most widespread health issues in the United States, affecting an estimated 37 million Americans every year, according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology.
Allergies, the common cold or nasal irritation due to air pollutants may cause nasal inflammation and block the proper drainage of the sinuses, causing infection. This infection of the tissues inside the sinuses is known as sinusitis. Symptoms include:
- Face pain
- Visual problems
- Dental pain
- Infected or green/yellow nasal discharge
Acute sinusitis lasts two or three weeks and is relieved by medication. Chronic sinusitis, on the other hand, is a recurrent condition, lasting up to three months, which does not respond to medication. In addition to the typical symptoms of sinusitis, people with chronic sinusitis may suffer secondary symptoms, such as fatigue from disrupted sleep, poor concentration and low energy levels and mood.