Does Your Kid Actually Need Balloon Sinuplasty?

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Nasal congestion, runny noses and itchy eyes can have a dramatic effect on the quality of life for children who have sinus problems and allergies. It can affect their outdoor activities and even performance at school. Persistent nasal inflammation for 3 months or more can lead to Chronic Rhinosinusitis. Some of the key symptoms of CRS include:

  • Nasal Congestion and Drainage
  • Facial Pain
  • Reduced Sense Of Smell
  • Low-Grade Fever
  • Ear Discomfort
  • Cough

CRS may be due to sinus obstruction, viruses or allergies. Surgical intervention may be required, if medical treatments do not work out. When sinuses are swollen and irritated, the passageways within them are blocked, allowing bacteria and fluid to build up. This can lead to an infection. Surgery may be needed to alleviate symptoms in half of the cases.

What Is Balloon Sinuplasty?

Balloon Sinuplasty is a minimally invasive process that involves a tiny balloon inserted in a blocked sinus cavity. The balloon is inflated for 5-10 seconds. This is followed by deflation and removal, opening the passageway and draining the fluid. During the process, the sinuses may be irrigated as well.

There are several advantages with Balloon Sinuplasty. There is nothing such as recovery time with this method, and you can immediately return to regular activities, since tissue is not removed. It can be performed in the doctor’s office with local anesthesia or in operating room under general anesthesia. Additionally, patients experience less and don’t have to be concerned about inconvenience of nasal packing.

Balloon Sinuplasty can be quite effective when directed at maxillary and frontal sinuses. The latter is located above the bridge and eyes of the nose, while maxillary sinuses are located within the bone. Not only does sinuplasty alleviates the problem, but also reduce the required intake of antibiotics and steroids. This happens because the procedure does not modify the structure of sinuses.

Is The Procedure Effective For Your Child?

Well, the answer can depend on a lot of factors, but in most of the cases, it works. The kind of effect it has generally depends on the patient. Studies have shown that after 9 months, 95% of patients showed noticeable improvement. Also, routine activities of a child is not affected, as they can resume school within 2-3 days. Every patient is unique, and you should always consult your ENT physician before taking any step.

Who Is A Good Candidate?

If your child is suffering from sinus problems or CRS, then Balloon Sinuplasty may be a good option. But you should know that children are prone to allergies that can lead to sinus problems. At ENT For Children, we take special care when suggesting treatment to our patients. We have a team of uniquely qualified and specially trained ENT physicians who have experience in performing this procedure and providing long-lasting relief. Waste no time and see an ENT physician today to know whether Balloon Sinuplasty is right for you. Only they can determine the feasibility!

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