By Paul E. Burk, D.O.
October 29, 2021
Category: ENT Care

Learn more about our most advanced minimally invasive procedures to treat chronic sinus infections.

Are you suffering from chronic sinusitis? Recurring and chronic infections can lead to long-term sinus pain, pressure, headaches, and discomfort, but our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor Dr. Paul Burk wants to change all of this. If sinusitis isn’t responding to medication and other treatment options it may be the perfect time to discuss your candidacy for balloon sinuplasty. At our practice, we are proud to offer the NuVent™ EM Balloon Sinus Dilation System.

What are the warning signs of chronic sinusitis?

Most people assume that their pesky little sinus infection will eventually go away, and most of the time it will; however, what happens when it doesn’t? If you’ve been living with these symptoms for more than 12 weeks then you could be dealing with chronic sinusitis,

  • Facial pain and pressure
  • Nasal congestion
  • Blocked sinuses
  • Headaches
  • Referred pain in the upper teeth
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Fatigue
  • Earaches
  • Stuffy nose
  • Nasal discharge (often green or yellow in color)
  • Facial tenderness

When should I consider balloon sinuplasty?

Often, the first course of action when your turn to our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor is for us to find simple but effective ways to manage your symptoms. Some patients find relief through prescription or over-the-counter medications, as well as simple home care and lifestyle changes; however, you may want to consider balloon sinuplasty if,

  • You aren’t experiencing symptom relief from medications or other treatment options
  • You experience recurring or chronic sinus infections
  • You have trouble breathing out of your nose
  • Your sinus infections are severe

How does balloon sinuplasty work?

After the nasal cavity is thoroughly numbed, we will insert a very thin catheter through the nose. Attached to the catheter is a deflated balloon. Once the catheter is guided into the nasal passages, the balloon is inflated. As the balloon inflates, it will safely and effectively open up the passageways to allow mucus, bacteria, and pus to properly drain. Even once the catheter is removed the nasal passages will remain open.

What is the NuVent™ EM Balloon Sinus Dilation System?

Balloon sinuplasty just got an upgrade in our office! Just as you use GPS to help you navigate where you need to go, the NuVent™ EM Sinus Dilation System provides advanced technology to assist our team in correctly moving tissue and bone through more minimally invasive techniques. The NuVent™ system provides us a screen with a detailed map of your sinuses that shows us exactly where to place our tools to be able to remove the blockage and improve nasal breathing.

If you are living with chronic or recurring sinus infections, our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor Dr. Burk has been helping individuals in the St. Louis, MO, area breathe better with balloon sinuplasty. To find out if this procedure is right for you, call us at (314) 576-7503 to schedule a consultation.

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