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The Benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty for Chronic Sinusitis

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Benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty for Chronic Sinusitis

Over 31 million people suffer from sinus problems and look to over-the-counter medications and antibiotics to relieve pressure, pain, and inflammation. For some, these remedies may be helpful, but for others, symptoms may persist.

If you’re among the latter and experience chronic sinus pain with no relief, Excel ENT can help. Our state-of-the-art balloon sinuplasty treatment is minimally invasive, quick, and effective. Learn everything you need to know about this life-changing procedure, including benefits, who’s a candidate, and more from the experts at Excel ENT.

What Is Balloon Sinuplasty?

If you’re suffering from chronic sinusitis, your sinus passage has most likely become inflamed and swollen, which leads to a narrowing of the passage. Your sinuses can’t drain correctly, so you begin to experience bothersome sinus symptoms.

Balloon sinuplasty is an innovative treatment to reduce symptoms of sinusitis like sinus pain, headaches, runny nose, and more. This procedure is done on an outpatient basis and is FDA-approved to restore proper sinus drainage.

How Does Balloon Sinuplasty Work?

During balloon sinuplasty, an Excel ENT expert inserts a catheter into the sinus cavity. With this catheter, a small balloon is inflated to expand the sinus passage. Then, the balloon is carefully deflated and removed. You should experience immediate relief from better airflow and an enlarged sinus passageway.

Balloon sinuplasty is quick and convenient, and many patients return to normal activities within 24 to 48 hours. We recommend avoiding strenuous activities a few days after treatment, like running and weight lifting. However, everyone’s recovery is different, and before your balloon sinuplasty, your ENT will discuss your downtime in-depth.

What Are the Benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty?

Studies show that 92% of patients had normally-functioning sinus passageways from their first review one week postoperatively and beyond. In fact, there are numerous benefits of balloon sinuplasty beyond the alleviation of your symptoms. Some other advantages include:

  • Minimally invasive
  • FDA-approved
  • Minimal bleeding
  • Little downtime, especially compared to traditional sinus surgery

Are You a Candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty?

If your sinus problems are resistant to OTC medications, antibiotics, and other forms of treatment, you’re most likely a candidate for balloon sinuplasty. You’ll usually receive a referral from your primary care doctor once they notice recurring and resistant sinus headaches, pressure, pain, and other symptoms of chronic sinusitis.

At Excel ENT, we will perform a CT scan to diagnose the cause of your chronic sinusitis. With this scan, we can examine your sinuses and determine the cause of chronic sinusitis. If your anatomy and symptoms would be improved with balloon sinuplasty, we will discuss the procedure in-depth with you and answer any questions.

Relieve Sinus Pressure Fast with Excel ENT

If you experience chronic sinusitis symptoms like sinus pressure, runny nose, post-nasal drip, and more—we want to help you find the relief you deserve! It can be challenging to navigate everyday life when you don’t feel your best, and our team at Excel ENT is dedicated to helping you get back to feeling your best with our balloon sinuplasty treatment.

We can curate a personalized, evidence-based treatment plan so you can find relief from your pesky sinus problems. If you think you may be a candidate, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team!

Your Sinus Experts: Excel ENT in Hoover & Homewood

Proudly serving Birmingham, AL, and surrounding areas, we’re your sinus experts. We offer numerous treatments for chronic sinus pain, including balloon sinuplasty. Call us at (205) 988-6858 or contact us online to schedule a consultation online today!

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13 signs of painful chronic sinusitis you should be aware of

Chronic sinusitis

Chronic Sinusitis


Do you feel like every time you turn around, you’re getting another sinus infection?  Are you constantly complaining about sinus pain and discomfort? You may have a condition known as chronic sinusitis. Nearly 30 million American adults suffer from sinusitis, so you are not alone. 

At Excel ENT of Alabama, we understand that these ongoing sinus challenges can be frustrating and cause you to miss school, work, or other important occasions. 

Learn more about what chronic sinusitis is, the signs that you may suffer from chronic sinusitis, and the treatment options available. 

What is chronic sinusitis? 

Chronic sinusitis is persistent sinus swelling that interferes with the way your mucus drains, making it difficult to breathe through your nose. When the sinuses are chronically inflamed, they trap mucus, making your sinuses more susceptible to bacteria growth and infection.

Chronic sinusitis can be brought on by conditions such as sinus infections, allergies, nasal polyps, or a deviated septum

Does this condition sound familiar? The signs below may help you confirm that you suffer from chronic sinusitis. 

13 signs you suffer from chronic sinusitis

Common signs of chronic sinusitis include: 

  1. Congestion or “fullness” in the face
  2. Blockage in one or both nasal passages
  3. Fever
  4. Runny nose
  5. Discolored postnasal drainage (drainage at the back of your throat)
  6. Pus in the nasal cavity
  7. Headaches
  8. Fatigue
  9. Ear pain
  10. Aching in your upper jaw and teeth
  11. Cough or throat clearing
  12. Sore throat
  13. Bad breath

Suffering from two or more of these symptoms typically indicates you have chronic sinusitis.

Chronic sinusitis and acute sinusitis are often confused because they share similar signs and symptoms. The main difference is that acute sinusitis is temporary and often associated with a cold. If you suffer from chronic sinusitis, the signs and symptoms listed above could potentially last at least 12 weeks. 

Chronic Sinusitis treatment options

Treating chronic sinusitis can be challenging. It often requires a combination of several methods, such as nasal irrigation, decongestants, and antibiotics. Some chronic sinusitis treatments you can even do at home for short-term relief, such as a saline rinse, over-the-counter pain medications, and nasal sprays, but sometimes you need the help of a professional to get rid of chronic sinusitis for good.

If home remedies and medication do not provide relief, we may recommend endoscopic sinus surgery or balloon sinuplasty. Every patient is different, so it is important to schedule a sinus evaluation to determine your condition’s best treatment option.

Fortunately, there are many minimally invasive sinus treatment options on the market today, and Dr. Davis is a leading expert on how to get you back on your feet with just a small amount of downtime.

We’re passionate about sinuses!

The team at Excel ENT of Alabama is passionate about sinus health and helping patients breathe better. If you’re suffering from chronic sinusitis, get in touch with Dr. Davis. He will get you feeling better in no time! Call 205-386-6453 or schedule an appointment here.


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