What is a Balloon Sinuplasty?

By Victor Strelzow, MD
November 29, 2017
Category: ENT
Tags: Balloon Sinuplasty  

You've suffered too long with repeated bouts of sinusitis. The headaches and fatigue are bad enough, but now you have a terrible time balloon sinuplastytrying to breathe through your nose. What can you do? Seek the advice of board-certified ear, nose, and throat specialist, Dr. Victor Strelzow. With wonderful results, he performs a minimally invasive sinusitis treatment in his Irvine, CA office called balloon sinuplasty.

What is sinusitis?

Sinusitis is an infection of the frontal sinuses in the face, and it plagues millions of people of all ages. An acute infection lasts up to four weeks, says the American Academy of Otolaryngology. However, if a patient suffers longer than that and has repeated bouts, then sinusitis is considered a chronic problem.

Symptoms of sinusitis include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Malaise
  • inability to breathe freely through the nose
  • Tenderness and swelling of the face
  • Reduced ability to taste and smell
  • Bad breath

For decades, otolaryngologists have treated chronic sinusitis with reconstructive surgery, saline sprays, inhaled steroids and antibiotics. However, some patients just do not respond to these interventions.

Balloon sinuplasty

In 2005, the Food and Drug Administration cleared a minimally-invasive, in-office procedure called balloon sinuplasty, and your ear, nose and throat specialist in Irvine offers it to qualified patients. Here's how it works.

Dr. Strelzow uses a topical or local anesthetic to numb the nose and nasal passages. After the patient is comfortable, he gently inserts a wire catheter with an attached balloon. He then inflates the balloon with saline to reshape the congested area of the sinuses. He also instills saline solution in the sinuses themselves to clear out any mucus or pus.

Finally, Dr. Strelzow deflates the balloon and removes the catheter. In all, the procedure takes about an hour and is well-tolerated with a brief recovery time of one to two days.

Patients report a great reduction in symptoms and far fewer episodes after this procedure. Sinus passages are widened and remain open for freer breathing and less chance of infection.

Find out more

Would you like to feel better, breathe easily and go about your daily routine symptom-free? Then learn more about treating your chronic sinusitis with balloon sinuplasty with Dr. Strelzow. His extensive credentials and kind approach to your care will help you achieve your sinus health goals. Call the office for an appointment: (949) 753-9299.