When medication fails to improve your chronic sinusitis, board-certified otolaryngologist Inell Rosario, MD, performs a balloon sinuplasty. Dr. Rosario is an experienced ear, nose, and throat physician at Andros ENT & Sleep Center in Inver Grove Heights and Roseville, Minnesota. She performs balloon sinuplasty for her adult and pediatric patients suffering from chronic sinusitis symptoms. To schedule a consultation, call the office or book online today.
A balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure for the treatment of sinusitis. Sinusitis is an infection that affects your sinus cavity, which is the open space in the skull behind your eyebrows, nose, and cheeks.
For many people, sinusitis is an acute infection that lasts only a few weeks. However, some people suffer from chronic sinusitis, which is an infection that lasts three months or more.
This infection affects the mucosal tissue that lines the sinus cavity, causing inflammation that may affect breathing, increase fluid drainage, and lead to post-nasal drip and an ongoing cough.
During a balloon sinuplasty, Dr. Rosario inserts and inflates a special balloon into your sinus cavity, which gently opens and widens the cavity to improve breathing.
Dr. Rosario is an experienced otolaryngologist and conducts a comprehensive evaluation to determine if you’re a candidate for balloon sinuplasty. She performs the minimally invasive procedure on her pediatric and adult patients who have chronic sinusitis.
She may consider you a candidate for a balloon sinuplasty if you have chronic sinusitis that fails to improve with medication.
Dr. Rosario may perform your balloon sinuplasty at the Andros ENT & Sleep Center office or a surgical center. To ease any anxiety or pain, she performs the procedure while you’re sedated.
During your balloon sinuplasty, Dr. Rosario inserts a catheter equipped with the sinus balloon into your nostril. She guides the catheter to the blocked area of your sinus cavity and inflates the balloon.
By inflating the balloon, the board-certified otolaryngologist compresses the swollen tissue, widening the sinus cavity to improve breathing and restore normal function.
Recovery following balloon sinuplasty varies. Dr. Rosario reviews what you can expect during and after your procedure based on your unique needs.
In general, Dr. Rosario recommends that you arrange to have someone help you home after the procedure and that you take it easy the rest of the day. Most patients resume their normal activities within a day or two following their balloon sinuplasty.
A balloon sinuplasty is a safe and effective treatment for chronic sinusitis. Call Andros ENT & Sleep Center or schedule a consultation using the online booking button today.
Andros ENT believes in offering the most advanced treatments for chronic sinusitis patients. Using PROPEL sinus stents after balloon sinuplasty improves procedure outcomes. The anti-inflammatory medication on the dissolvable stents helps during the healing process to keep the sinuses open.