|Balloon Sinuplasty at Comprehensive ENT|
Chronic Sinusitis sufferers: It's time to get your life back. Thanks to Balloon Sinuplasty™ Technology, Dr. Leeman is providing relief to patients who suffer from chronic sinusitis. This minimally invasive procedure - now available in-office - effectively opens nasal passages in the same way that balloon angioplasty opens up blocked arteries. If you experience chronic facial pain, congestion, headache, and fatigue, Balloon Sinuplasty™ may be right for you.
Chronic sinusitis sufferers do not experience the normal drainage which keeps the sinus healthy. Typical treatment begins with medication. For patients unresponsive to medication, complicated endoscopic sinus surgery was traditionally the next step toward finding relief. These procedures involve the removal of bone and tissue to enlarge the sinus opening, and while effective, may lead to post-operative pain, bleeding, and scarring. Full recovery can take a week or more.
Now we have a set of minimally invasive tools, Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology that can be used to enlarge the natural opening of the sinuses, allowing drainage. Balloon Sinuplasty™ instruments are clinically proven to be safe and effective in reducing symptoms of chronic sinusitis.
Candidates for Balloon Sinuplasty
Balloon Sinuplasty is often the best option for patients who suffer from ongoing sinus infections, or chronic sinusitis. Chronic Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinus lining lasting three months or more, and it is one of the most commonly diagnosed chronic illnesses. It is typically caused by bacterial, viral, and/or microbial infections. Structural issues such as blockage of the sinus opening can also lead to chronic sinusitis. If the opening is closed, normal mucus drainage may not occur. This condition may lead to infection and inflammation of the sinuses. Common signs and symptoms of chronic sinusitis include:
Take our Sinus Survey to determine how severe your sinus problem may be.
The Balloon Sinuplasty Approach
Balloon Sinuplasty Technology is a safe and minimally invasive system used as a tool by surgeons use to enlarge the natural opening of the sinuses, allowing drainage. Balloon Sinuplasty instruments are clinically proven to be safe and effective in reducing symptoms of chronic sinusitis. Dr. Leeman threads a guide wire equipped with a tiny balloon into the nostrils and up to the area of blockage. Dr. Leeman then inflates the balloon just enough to open the passageway. Tens of thousands of patients have experienced the benefits of the Balloon Sinuplasty System.
Step 1 - Gain Access to the Sinus
To gain initial sinus access, the sinus guide catheter is introduced into the nasal cavity to target the sinus ostia under endoscopic visualization. The sinus guidewire or the sinus illumination system is introduced through the sinus guide catheter and gently advanced into the target sinus.
Step 2 - Inflate Balloon Across Ostium
The sinus balloon catheter is introduced over the sinus guidewire or sinus illumination system and positioned across the blocked ostium. The position of the sinus balloon catheter is confirmed and the balloon is gradually inflated to open and remodel the narrowed or blocked ostium.
Step 3 - Remove Balloon and Irrigate Sinus
The sinus balloon catheter is then deflated and removed. The irrigation catheter is advanced over the sinus guidewire or sinus illumination system into the target sinus. The sinus is then irrigated, flushing tenacious sinus contents - like pus and mucus.
Step 4 - Remove System
The irrigation catheter is removed, leaving the ostium open and the sinus cleared of mucus allowing the return of sinus drainage. There is little to no disruption to mucosal lining.
Benefits of the Balloon Sinuplasty Approach:
If you are experiencing some of the symptoms of chronic sinusitis and would like more information about Balloon Sinuplasty™, please call our office at 512.478.CARE (2273) to make an appointment. Dr. Leeman will assess your symptoms and recommend treatment.
Physicians who specialize in otolaryngology diagnose and treat conditions of the ear, nose, throat and head and neck disorders. Commonly referred to as ENT physicians, otolaryngologists like Dr. Leeman are trained in head and neck surgery, as well as medical management for patients with hearing, balance, speech, voice, taste and smell disorders.
Yes, our physician provides leading care to patients of all ages, including children.
Our highly trained surgeons perform procedures to alleviate disorders and injuries of the ear, nose and throat, as well as the head and neck and related structures. Common procedures include septoplasty, sinuplasty, tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy, reconstructive facial surgery and the removal of cancers.
Yes, our physicians can perform tests to determine the substances to which you are allergic and your sensitivity to each. Dr. Leeman will then prescribe a treatment method to manage your specific needs.
Depending on the cause of your snoring, our ENT specialists can employ methods to correct the issue. Treatment options include modifying your diet and lifestyle, medication and surgery.
Yes, our licensed audiologist, Dr. Deyanira Gonzalez, can perform a hearing evaluation to assess hearing loss determine which hearing aid is best suited to your lifestyle.
We accept and file most insurance, because we want you focused on your health, not your finances. Some of our accepted insurance carriers include:
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
Coordinated Care Network
National Choice Care
Private Healthcare Systems
Seton Health Plan
Teachers Retirement System
Some insurance providers do require a referral in order to cover a visit to specialist like Dr. Leeman. If you are unsure of your coverage, please contact your health insurance provider.