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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.

Breathe in that breath of fresh air thanks to our Irvine ENT specialist.Rigid Nasal Endoscopy, Balloon Sinuplasty, Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

While most people will deal with nasal congestion and sinus issues at least a few times in their lifetime, there are some people who face nasal or sinus disorders on a regular basis. Maybe you find that you have difficulty breathing properly due to a deviated septum. Maybe you find yourself snoring or dealing with frequent nosebleeds. Fortunately, our Irvine, CA, otolaryngologist, Dr. Victor Strelzow, offers state-of-the-art and less invasive ways to treat your serious sinus and nasal conditions. Here are just some of the advanced treatments we offer:

Rigid Nasal Endoscopy

Whether you are dealing with chronic nasal congestion, facial pain or other sinus issues it’s important that you get to the bottom of these problems. If you aren’t finding relief through at-home measures, or if your symptoms are severe, it’s time you had our Irvine ENT doctor take a look.

Through the use of our rigid nasal endoscopy and fiber-optic flexible endoscopy, we make it easier than ever to get a fast, accurate diagnosis so that we can get you on the road to recovery as soon as possible. Being able to get answers for what’s causing your symptoms can really bring you the peace of mind you’ve been looking for.

Balloon Sinuplasty

If you are suffering from chronic sinusitis (lasting over 12 weeks) and conservative treatments aren’t able to fully address your symptoms then it’s time you talked to us about whether balloon sinuplasty is the next best option for you.

Instead of undergoing invasive surgery that requires incisions or sometimes bone or tissue removal, this minimally invasive procedure uses a balloon catheter to open up the nasal passages and remove the blockage. No incisions, no cutting, fewer post-treatment side effects and a faster recovery time means an ideal way to treat your serious or long-term sinusitis.

Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

Thanks to advanced digital technology, we are now able to offer another minimally invasive and much safer way to perform sinus surgery without the potential for serious post-operative side effects or complications and with a shorter recovery time. This procedure is most often recommended if there is a potential issue within the bone or tissues of the nasal or sinus passageways that need to be removed.

Unlike balloon sinuplasty, which doesn’t involve any incisions or cutting, this procedure may be performed if there an obstruction, nasal polyp or deviated septum may be causing you serious issues and a structural issue needs to be corrected.

Don’t you want to say goodbye to your sinus problems once and for all? If so, find out how we can help. Call our Irvine, CA, ENT office and schedule a consultation with us right away. Let’s help you find the relief you need.