Many of us know it feels to have sinusitis - commonly known as a sinus infection - along with the pressure, pain and fatigue that accompanies it. For some of us, thankfully, we only have one or two a year and it doesn’t impair our lives too much. Many others, however, experience continuous sinus infections for several months that even numerous rounds of antibiotics can’t kick.
For Kristy Bixler, this was her life, except she was experiencing the pain and fatigue while trying to be a mom to two little ones! If she could fit in a nap, it was wonderful, but the never-ending sinus infection was wearing on her. She had tried antibiotics and nasal sprays, but nothing helped.
Thankfully, her family physician offered her another option — seeing Ear, Nose and Throat specialist, Dr. Brad Bichey, at the Riverview Hospital Campus.
Kristy’s sinuses were unable to drain and therefore not able allow antibiotics to completely do their job.
The sinuses are air spaces behind the bones of the upper face, between the eyes and behind the forehead, nose and cheeks.The sinuses are covered with a mucus layer and cells that contain little hairs on their surfaces called cilia. These help trap and push out bacteria and pollutants. Each sinus has an opening that allows mucous to drain – this drainage is essential to keeping your sinuses working well and you healthy. Anything that obstructs that flow may cause a buildup of mucus in the sinuses. This blockage and inflammation can be infectious or non-infectious.
After reviewing her situation, Dr. Bichey suggested a new procedure, Balloon Sinuplasty™. Unlike traditional sinus surgery, Balloon Sinuplasty™ is minimally-invasive and does not destroy normal tissue. It gently remodels the anatomy to help restore normal function and does not require packing under normal situations. Best of all, many people can return to normal activities in one to two days.
In Kristy’s case, recovery was very quick. She had the procedure on a Friday and was able to discontinue pain medicine by noon on Saturday. “I felt better the next day,” said Kristy. “The procedure helped with the drainage and I began breathing better. It worked wonders and best of all I am not tired anymore.”
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