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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.

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.
December 30, 2020
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Balloon Sinuplasty  

Have you had it with chronic nasal congestion and facial pain?

You’ve been dealing with chronic sinusitis for months without experiencing relief. You’ve tried over the counter and prescription nasal sprays and medications and nothing seems to open up those blocked sinuses. If you’re at your wits’ end you may be wondering if you should turn to our Chesterfield, MO, otolaryngologist Dr. Paul Burk for sinus surgery.

Of course, there is something you should know…

Traditional sinus surgery involves cutting and may even require us to remove tissue and cartilage. It can be a more complicated and elaborate process with a longer recovery time. This is why we offer balloon sinuplasty here at our Chesterfield, MO, practice.

What is balloon sinuplasty?

Balloon sinuplasty makes it possible for Dr. Burk and his team to be able to treat chronic sinusitis. It is a minimally invasive procedure that involves placing a tiny wire with a light at the end into the sinuses. Then a deflated balloon is inserted into the nose where it is slowly and gently inflated.

The balloon will expand the sinus cavity, allowing our team to be able to properly clean out the sinuses with saline solution and also allow any mucus and bacteria to drain. Once this is complete, the balloon system is removed and you should be able to breathe better instantly.

Who should consider balloon sinuplasty?

Not everyone will need to turn to balloon sinuplasty to alleviate their symptoms; however, this may be the ideal treatment option for you if,

  • You are dealing with recurring or severe sinus infections that don’t respond to at-home care, medications and other treatment options
  • You are battling significant and painful symptoms such as persistent headaches, facial pain and pressure, and coughing due to your chronic infection
  • Your chronic sinusitis is not caused by structural defects in the nasal cavity such as a deviated septum or the presence of polyps (this problem can still be corrected; however, this will require a different type of procedure)

If you’ve been dealing with chronic or severe sinusitis symptoms, know that our Chesterfield, MO, ENT team is here to help. Call us at (314) 576-7503 to find out if balloon sinuplasty is right for you.

By Ear, Nose, Throat & Plastic Surgery, Inc.
February 24, 2020
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Balloon Sinuplasty  

Are you tired of living with constant congestion and sinus pain? Balloon sinuplasty, a procedure offered by your St. Peters, MO, ENT, Dr. Paul Burk, may help clear your sinuses and ease your pain.

What is balloon sinuplasty?

Endoscopic sinus surgery provides an effective way to reduce congestion and address other sinus issues, but it isn't the only treatment option in St. Peters. Balloon sinuplasty offers an alternative approach.

The procedure widens your nasal passages using a small, inflated balloon. Inflating the balloon widens the walls of your sinuses, which makes breathing easier and helps mucus drain more efficiently.

During the first step of the procedure, an uninflated balloon is placed in a slim catheter and inserted into your sinuses through your nostrils. You'll receive a local anesthetic prior to this step to ensure that you won't feel any pain. Unlike general anesthesia, local anesthetic won't cause nausea and doesn't require fasting before your procedure.

Once the catheter is properly positioned in your sinuses, your ENT will inflate the balloon. After the balloon is deflated and removed, a stream of saline solution will wash away mucus from your sinuses.

Is balloon sinuplasty right for me?

Balloon sinuplasty may be a good option if you have:

  • Chronic or frequent sinus infections that don't improve after taking medication
  • Trouble breathing through your nose
  • Headaches and pain around your eyes, forehead and cheeks
  • Fatigue due to frequent infections
  • Bad breath or unpleasant taste in your mouth

If you have a deviated septum, polyps, bone spurs or complicated sinus issues, endoscopic sinus surgery may be recommended.

What are the advantages of balloon sinuplasty?

Since there's no cutting involved in balloon sinuplasty, recovery is much quicker. In fact, you may be able to return to your usual activities in just two days. You'll also experience less post-procedure pain, although you might have a sinus headache or a little congestion for a few days. Fortunately, your headache pain can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.

Balloon sinuplasty can relieve your pain and help you breathe easier. Call your ENT in St. Peters, St. Louis, and Bridgeton, MO, Dr. Burk to schedule an appointment. Call (636) 936-5002 for our St. Peters, MO, location, (314) 821-5002 for our Des Peres, MO, location, and (314) 770-0708 for our De Paul, MO, location.

By Ear, Nose, Throat & Plastic Surgery, Inc.
June 07, 2018
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Balloon Sinuplasty  

You’re not alone if you’ve been experiencing chronic sinusitis symptoms. Approximately 26.9 million Americans have this issue accordingballoon sinuplasty to the CDC. The sinuses tend to flare up in certain seasons, including early spring and winter. If you have been trying to manage your sinus symptoms at home but it hasn’t been working out, visit St. Peters, MO ENT Dr. Paul Burk to see if a balloon sinuplasty treatment will help.

Understanding Sinus Problems
The sinuses are a group of air pockets inside of the face that allow you to breathe through your nose and process mucus. They are lined with a thin respiratory tissue. When there is a sinus infection (also called sinusitis) bacteria or an allergen irritates the lining and produces thicker mucus that is harder to move and swallow. The symptoms of sinusitis include difficulty breathing, phlegm buildup, hard swallowing, coughing, headaches, and continuous throat clearing. All of the symptoms combined can be extremely uncomfortable, especially when they go on for many days or even weeks.

Balloon Sinuplasty May Help
Some sinus problems clear up on their own after a few days, but others persist. In stubborn cases where you are experiencing a lot of discomfort, you should talk to a St. Peters ENT about a balloon sinuplasty. A catheter is inserted into the sinus cavity so that a small balloon can be inflated. This allows your ENT to remove the infected liquid that is causing the irritation. The procedure is done under anesthesia in the doctor’s office. It provides fast relief.

Balloon Sinuplasty Aftercare and Prevention Tips
Once your sinus cavities are cleared and the mucus is removed, the infection has a better chance of clearing up with antibiotic therapy. Follow these tips to reduce the chance of another flare-up:

- Finish all of the antibiotic medication prescribed, even if you feel better.
- Use the saline solution provided by your ENT.
- Get some rest, take it easy for a few days, and elevate your head when sleeping.
- Take an anti-histamine when allergy season starts as allergic reactions often spark sinus problems.

Sinus Symptom Relief
When you find yourself struggling with sinusitis symptoms for long periods of time or they are recurrent, seek the assistance of a St. Luke'ss Hospital. Call (314) 576-7503 today for an appointment to discuss balloon sinuplasty with Dr. Paul Burk.