Take the pressure off
Your sinuses are air-filled spaces located within your cheeks, forehead and nose. Sinusitis is any condition that results in obstruction of the normal air flow and drainage of the sinuses. It is typically caused by infection, allergies, facial trauma and deviated nasal septum.
In the past sinus surgery was associated with severe pain, bleeding, yards of nasal packing and scarring of the sinuses. Today, sinus surgery – including Balloon Sinuplasty – is performed on select patients in the office and is far less invasive. The result is a much faster recovery with minimal pain, preservation of normal sinus function and an earlier return to the work place.
In-Office Balloon Sinuplasty Surgery
Balloon Sinuplasty is a procedure for chronic sinusitis patients who are not responding well to medication. Unlike other surgical procedures used to treat sinusitis, with Balloon Sinuplasty, the surgeon does not remove bone or tissue from the nasal area. It’s a less invasive alternative to typical sinus surgeries and works similarly to a balloon angioplasty that heart surgeons use to open blocked arteries.
Balloon Sinuplasty has been revolutionary in the surgical treatment for chronic sinusitis. Dr. Andy Chung performs the procedure in-office with local or twilight anesthesia. The recovery period is usually only a few days, compared to a few weeks with more traditional techniques. Read more information about this technique here.
Image-Guided Sinus Surgery
Image-guided surgery technology has revolutionized traditional sinus surgery techniques by providing a way to navigate through the sinus cavity using 3D-images as a ‘road map.’ The technology is similar to your car’s navigation system, allowing Dr. Chung the ability to track the exact location of sinus disease at the time of surgery. The advantage of this high-precision technique translates to better patient outcomes and faster recovery.
PROPEL Steroid-Releasing Implant
Dr. Andy Chung is at the forefront of sinus surgery and routinely uses PROPEL and PROPEL mini steroid eluding implants developed by Intersect ENT. These dissovlable implants placed at the time of sinus surgery will maintain the surgical opening and gradually delivers an advanced corticosteroid (mometasone furoate) with anti-inflammatory properties directly to the sinus lining as the implant dissolves over a four week period.
The PROPEL system has been clinically proven to prevent obstruction of the newly opened sinuses following surgery. The results are improved post-operative outcomes and patient comfort by avoiding rigid nasal packing.
Why Dr Andy Chung?
Dr. Chung is a recognized regional expert in Balloon Sinuplasty and frequently trains other physicians through his participation in the Evolve Professional Education Program. He works with both children and adults in the treatment of various sinus conditions – from seasonal allergies to sinusitis – and is a specialist in Balloon Sinuplasty.