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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.
March 15, 2021
Category: ENT Condition

Wondering how many sinus infections are too many?

It isn’t always easy to tell whether you’re coming down with a cold or sinus infection; however, if symptoms such as a runny or stuffy nose, post-nasal drip, and facial pressure don’t go away after 10 days then it could be a sinus infection. While sinus infections will usually go away on their own, if you’ve been dealing with sinus infections more than three times a year or you have symptoms that last more than 12 weeks, you might want to talk with our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor Dr. Paul Burk about chronic sinusitis.

Why am I dealing with recurrent sinus infections?

Most of the time, acute sinus infections occur after an illness such as a cold or flu. These infections typically will resolve themselves; however, if you’re dealing with chronic or recurring sinus infections it could be caused by,

  • Allergies (e.g., hay fever)
  • Asthma
  • Structural abnormalities and deformities in the nose (e.g., deviated septum)
  • Nasal polyps

How can I alleviate my symptoms?

With acute cases, you can manage symptoms through simple home care such as warm compresses, steam showers, and nasal sprays; however, with chronic cases, you’ll want to turn to our Chesterfield, MO, otolaryngologist to find out why recurring sinus infections keep happening to you. We will need to determine the cause so that we can decide which treatment option is the best one.

For example, if allergies are causing inflammation and leading to recurring sinus infections then we will need to create a treatment plan that addresses ways to avoid allergy triggers while also providing you with medications that get your symptoms under control. Those with severe allergies may benefit from immunotherapy. When allergies are properly managed you should see relief from your sinus infections.

Those with structural abnormalities such as a deviated septum may benefit from a corrective procedure that will help the nasal passages properly drain to prevent blockages. Here at our practice, Dr. Burk and his team provide balloon sinuplasty to alleviate symptoms of chronic sinusitis that haven’t responded to traditional and nonsurgical treatment options.

During this procedure, we guide a thin tube through the nasal passage. At the end of the tube is a deflated balloon. Once inserted, the balloon is carefully inflated to open up the nasal passages and keep them open so the blockage can properly drain. Most people experience relief for at least two years after this procedure.

If you’re dealing with chronic sinusitis that isn’t responding to medications and other conservative treatment options, then it may be time to talk with our Chesterfield, MO, otolaryngologist about whether you could benefit from balloon sinuplasty. To discuss your treatment options with us, call (314) 576-7503 today.