White-Wilson Medical Center

Over 37 million people suffer from chronic sinusitis. Sinusitis (also called rhinosinusitis) is the name of the condition in which the lining of the sinuses becomes inflamed.

The sinuses are air spaces behind the bones of the upper face, between the eyes and behind the forehead, nose, and cheeks. Normally, the sinuses drain through small openings into the inside of the nose. Anything that blocks the flow can cause a buildup of mucus; the blockage can cause inflammation and possibly infection.

Common Symptoms of Sinusitis include:

  • Facial pain, pressure, congestion, or fullness
  • Discharge of yellow/green mucus from the nose
  • Pain in the teeth
  • Loss of smell or taste
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Bad breath
  • Fever and/or coughing

Sinusitis is typically treated first with medication, such as antibiotics or nasal steroid sprays. Inhaling steam or using nasal saline sprays may also be helpful. However, at least 20% of patients do not respond to these medications or treatments.

Balloon Sinuplasty™
Relief is Here.

Endoscopic surgery using Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology is an in-office procedure than does not require the use of anesthesia. A small, flexible balloon is inserted through the nose and into the sinuses. Then, the balloon is gently inflated to restructure the blocked sinus and restore normal sinus function. Balloon Sinuplasty™ by Acclarent™ is a minimally invasive procedure that opens sinus passages and helps to relieve the pain and pressure associated with chronic sinusitus for patients who no longer respond to medications. There are many benefits to this procedure:

Safe and effective: While any medical procedure carries some risk, Balloon Sinuplasty™ has proven to be a safe and effective procedure and provides significant improvement of sinusitis symptoms.

Minimally invasive: This technology uses small, flexible devices and usually requires no removal of tissue or bone.

Rapid recovery time: While recover time varies with each patient, many people quickly return to normal activities.

Does not limit further treatment options: In the event that you have a progressive disease that cannot be treated with Balloon Sinuplasty™, this procedure will not interfere with other medical therapies or surgery techniques.

How long does symptom relief last after the Balloon Sinuplasty™ procedure?
Results vary by patient. However, in a study of 1,036 patients at multiple institutions, 96% reported an improvement in symptoms.

Dr. William Gross is a regional leader in the application of this technology. Sinusitis patients who are considering treatment options can learn more about the Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology by Acclarent™ by scheduling an appointment with Dr. William Gross (Fort Walton Beach) at 850.863.8275.

Visit www.balloonsinuplasty.com for more information.