How is sinuplasty performed?

Chronic or recurrent sinusitis (inflammation of the mucous membrane of the sinuses) can leave people in misery, suffering day after day. Common symptoms associated with chronic sinusitis are persistent headache, pressure, pain in the face, nasal drainage, discharge and stuffiness. Sinuplasty can correct the narrowed sinus passages that lead to infections.

During sinuplasty, doctors slide a catheter with a small balloon on it inside the sinus passage, then expand the balloon. It opens up the area and changes how the airflow dynamic works around the sinus opening.

Sinuplasty does not entail the pain, packing and the long recovery of traditional sinus surgery. People can drive themselves to the office and drive themselves home, and go back to work the next day or within a few days at the most.

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