Chronic sinusitis causes an uncomfortable infection of the sinuses. The inflammation lasts for months or even years without treatment.
Dr. Michael S. Cohen's offices on Long Island, NY, offer balloon sinuplasty, a conservative procedure that does not require incisions.
Learn how our offices serving Mount Sinai, NY, Great Neck, NY, and other locations can provide relief without open sinus surgery.
What Is Chronic Sinusitis?
Chronic sinusitis is characterized by persistent inflammation of the sinus lining. If the inflammation is severe, the sinus opening can become blocked, preventing mucus from draining normally. This mucus buildup can lead to further swelling, infection, and other painful symptoms.
Sinusitis can be caused by allergies, a deviated septum, nasal polyps, cystic fibrosis, gastroesophageal reflux, environmental pollutants, or other conditions. To be classified as chronic, your sinusitis must persist for 12 weeks or longer.
- Nasal stuffiness
- Postnasal drip
- Sensation of pain or fullness in the sinuses
- Tenderness around the nose, eyes, cheeks, and forehead
- Sinus pressure or congestion
- Sinus headaches
- Tooth pain
- Bad breath
- Persistent feelings of discomfort or illness
How Common Is Sinusitis? Let's Look at the Numbers
According to 2016 numbers from the CDC, chronic sinusitis accounted for 4.1 million doctor visits that year.
About Balloon Sinuplasty A Non-Invasive Treatment for Sinusitis
Also known as balloon catheter dilation, a balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that helps unblock a person's sinuses.
The procedure involves the insertion of a balloon into the blocked sinus through the nostril. The balloon is then slowly inflated, opening up the sinus passage. When the balloon is deflated and removed, the sinus passageway is widened and cleared, relieving chronic sinusitis symptoms.
Balloon sinuplasty recovery time is much quicker than other sinus surgery options. When performed by a skilled ENT like Dr. Cohen, the risk of complications is low. He's performed the procedure many times at his multiple offices on Long Island, NY.
Balloon sinuplasty received approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2005.
The Balloon Sinuplasty Procedure What Patients Can Expect
Once the balloon is in place, Dr. Cohen will inflate it to progressively expand the sinus drainage passageway.
"Dr. Cohen spent time to understand and evaluate my condition. I had a prolonged sinus infection and was unable to smell which impacted my taste. The treatment he prescribed got the infection under control and enabled me to smell again. His staff followed up and I when I needed to get some specially blended medications to further deal with the infection in my sinuses they went out of there way to find a source my insurance company accepted." David T.
After Balloon Sinuplasty Recovery and Aftercare
Nearly all of our balloon sinuplasty patients report significantly improved quality of life and long-lasting relief from their sinus issues.