Sinusitis is a debilitating condition that has a variety of symptoms such as headaches, facial pressure, nasal congestion, loss of smell, fever, fatigue, nasal drainage, postnasal drainage, bad breath and even pain in the teeth. People with chronic sinusitis often miss a lot of work and school and have a significantly decreased quality of life.
For patients who do not respond to medical therapy, otolaryngologists (ears, nose and throat doctors) at Chilton Medical Center employ the Relieva Balloon Sinuplasty system. It's an innovative new technology that treats chronic sinusitis via the nasal passages without incisions on the face or in the mouth.
Balloons similar to those used to dilate blood vessels in the heart are inserted into the sinuses via endoscopic or radiographic guidance. These are then opened at the narrowed regions of sinus drainage. Since nothing is cut or removed, the patient experiences less bleeding and pain and post-operative care is simplified. Further, complications are reduced given the simplicity and minimally invasive nature of the procedure.
Visit the Atlantic Health System physician referral service and search for a Chilton Medical Center physician or call 1-800-247-9580.