Hope for Long-Lasting Relief
Nasal congestion, facial discomfort, stuffiness, headache — sufferers of chronic sinus infection know these symptoms all too well.
Now there’s hope for long-lasting relief through a new minimally invasive procedure at Olathe Medical Center’s Advanced Sinus Center called balloon sinuplasty. With no incision required, there’s less pain and swelling, and faster healing than with traditional sinus surgery. The procedure is a solution for patients who have struggled with this frustrating and painful condition, sometimes for years.
Facts About Sinusitis
Normally, the sinuses drain through small openings into the inside of the nose. Anything that blocks the flow may cause a buildup of mucus in the sinuses. The blockage and inflammation of the sinus membranes can be infectious or non-infectious. Although medication can help the majority of people get relief from their symptoms, there are still many that require an additional procedure.
The signs and symptoms of sinusitis may include:
- Facial pain, pressure, congestion or fullness
- Difficulty breathing through the nose
- Discharge of yellow or green mucus from the nose
- Teeth pain
- Loss of the sense of smell or taste
- Sore throat
- Bad breath
Ear, nose and throat specialists at Olathe Health were among the first doctors in the region to begin using a clinically proven, minimally invasive technology called balloon sinuplasty to treat chronic sinus infections.
The new procedure involves using a small catheter and balloon to quickly open and expand blocked sinuses. With the gentle and minimally invasive nature of the procedure, patients experience minimal pain, no hospital stay, and most are back to normal activities within 24 hours.
The invention of balloon sinuplasty provides an additional choice to the sinus treatment options at the Advanced Sinus Center at Olathe Medical Center. Balloon sinuplasty technology is clinically proven to be safe, effective and improve the quality of your life.
Safe and Effective
While use of any surgical instrument involves some risk, clinical research has indicated the balloon sinuplasty system to be safe and effective in improving symptoms of sinusitis.
The technology uses small, soft, flexible devices that enter entirely through the nostrils. These devices gently open blocked sinus openings, and in many cases, without tissue or bone removal.
Because in many instances no tissue or bone is removed when using this technology, there may be little bleeding associated with the procedure.
Quick Recovery Time
While recovery time varies with each patient, many people can quickly return to normal activities.
Does Not Limit Treatment Options
This technology is an endoscopic tool and may be used with other medical therapies or sinus surgery techniques. It does not limit future treatment options if you have progressive disease.