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By Paul E. Burk, D.O.
June 23, 2021
Category: ENT Care

Your ENT specialist in Chesterfield, MO, can help relieve your sinus problems.

If you have ever experienced sinusitis, you already know how uncomfortable it can be. The constant pounding and pressure in your sinuses can make it difficult to get through the day. Fortunately, there is relief. Your ENT specialist can help you feel better.

Dr. Paul Burk at Ear Nose Throat And Balloon Sinuplasty in Chesterfield, MO, offers a wide range of ENT services, including balloon sinuplasty to help you get relief from sinus problems.

You may have tried over-the-counter sinus medications, only to find they were just a temporary fix. What you need is a permanent solution,  balloon sinuplasty!

Balloon sinuplasty is the perfect option to treat:

  • Recurrent and chronic nasal and sinus problems
  • Frequent sinus infections
  • Frequent sinus headaches behind your eyes
  • Nasal stuffiness and congestion

So, why should you consider balloon sinuplasty? Balloon sinuplasty offers some major benefits like these:

  • It's minimally invasive, with no need for incisions, sutures, or scarring
  • There is much less discomfort than conventional sinus surgery
  • There is much less risk of infection because there is no open incision
  • It's quick to recover from, with no downtime, and minimal swelling and bruising

Balloon sinuplasty is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. During the procedure, a thin wire catheter is inserted into your nostril and guided up into your sinuses.

The catheter contains a small balloon on the end, and when the catheter encounters resistance or a blockage, the balloon is inflated. The inflated balloon clears and opens your sinus passage, allowing you to breathe normally again.

The balloon is then deflated and the catheter is removed. After balloon sinuplasty treatment, you will breathe more deeply and easily. Your sinus headaches, pressure, and pain will be gone for good.

Next time you experience sinus problems, consider balloon sinuplasty to restore your health. To find out more about balloon sinuplasty and how the procedure can help you feel better, call Dr. Burk of Ear Nose Throat And Balloon Sinuplasty in Chesterfield, MO, at (314) 576-7503 today!


By Paul E. Burk, D.O.
June 18, 2021
Category: ENT Condition
Tags: Sinus Issues   Sinus  

Your ENT specialist in Chesterfield, MO, can help if you have sinus issues.

Chronic sinus problems can make it difficult to enjoy your day. Unfortunately, they are all too common. If you are experiencing chronic sinus problems, it’s only natural to wonder what is causing your pain and pressure, and what you can do about it. Fortunately, your ENT specialist is an expert at treating chronic sinus problems.

Dr. Paul Burk at Ear Nose Throat And Balloon Sinuplasty in Chesterfield, MO, offers comprehensive ENT services, including treatment for sinus issues.

There are many underlying issues that can lead to chronic sinus problems. You may develop chronic sinus problems if you:

  • Develop a sinus infection from exposure to a bacteria or fungus
  • Have nasal or sinus polyps which are causing a blockage
  • Have allergies to pollens from grasses, flowers, and trees, pet dander, mold, and other allergens

So, how do you know if you have sinus problems? You may experience:

  • Chronic throbbing pain and pressure in your sinuses
  • Pressure and pain in your forehead, behind your eyes, your jaws, teeth, or nose
  • A greenish-yellow discharge coming from your nose
  • Frequent coughing and congestion in your nose and sinuses
  • Frequent sore throats, headaches, or earaches

There are several simple steps you can take at home to help get relief. You can try:

  • Putting a humidifier in your bedroom to provide moist air
  • Irrigating your nose and sinuses with a saline solution to open up your nasal passages
  • Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory or pain medication to reduce swelling

If you are experiencing moderate to severe sinus symptoms that don’t resolve, you need to visit your ear, nose, and throat specialist. Professional treatment for sinus problems may include:

  • Prescription-strength decongestants, antihistamines, or antibiotics
  • Corticosteroid medications to reduce inflammation in your sinuses
  • Allergy testing and treatment, which may include injections and sublingual therapy

Sinus surgery may also be recommended. Balloon sinuplasty is a very effective, minimally invasive treatment to open up sinus passages and help you breathe easier.

To find out more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of sinus issues, call Dr. Burk of Ear Nose Throat And Balloon Sinuplasty in Chesterfield, MO, at (314) 576-7503 now!