A Tiny Balloon Treats Sinus Infections
If you suffer from common sinus symptoms like nasal congestion, headaches, and have difficulty breathing a balloon could be the answer.
Doug Wiseman fought chronic sinusitis for years, "I don't have to be constantly going to the doctor and say, "Well doc I have a sinus infection."
He says past surgery's were not successful, "You have a lot of complications. You're out of work. They're packing. I've had to go back to the emergency room for nose bleeds at night."
So he turned to Balloon Sinuplasty.
Dr. Levy of ENT Carolina says this treatment can open the nasal passageways, "This technique of using balloons to dilate the natural openings essentially minimizes discomfort and there's virtually no bleeding and nobody get's packing."
He says the in office procedure only takes 30 minutes.
"It was surprising that I could walk in and do it and walk out and drive myself home with no complications like I've had before, " says Doug.
This makes it better for patients says Dr. Levy, "It doesn't have any removal of the mucus membranes around the openings of the sinuses.Therefore essentially you avoid the main potential complication of sinus surgery which is scar tissue development and closure of the sinuses."
The Balloon Sinuplasty procedure can cost between $5-10 thousand dollars. Most insurance companies will cover the costs.
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