Skip to comments.Cutting-Edge Sinus Treatment Offers New Hope
Posted on 04/08/2006 9:21:47 PM PDT by stlnative
April 6, 2006 It's an annual rite of passage for those who suffer from seasonal allergies: sinuses so blocked it's difficult to breathe, a recurring headache, a feeling of constant "pressure" on the face.
But for people like Michele Lynch who suffer from chronic sinusitis, allergy season seems to last all year. "I couldn't work. You can't breathe. I couldn't sleep," she said.
Lynch, 24, had suffered from sinusitis most of her life the result of abnormal bone growth in her sinuses. But a few weeks ago, doctors suggested she try a radically new treatment that's been available in the United States only since December.
The procedure, called balloon sinuplasty, opens sinus cavities the same way doctors open clogged arteries when they do a balloon angioplasty.
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Has any Freeper's had it done? If so, I would like to hear if it help you or not.
if it's such a benign procedure why do they need general anesthesia. i had my wisdom teeth out with local, and this can't hurt as much
I found this also...
New Treatment Balloon Sinuplasty May Help Sinusitis Sufferers
Lucky you. In the USSR they used to do extractions and root canals without any anesthesia. It was character building.
Google search for "balloon sinuplasty"
Pictures of how it is done are here...
I am referring to something I had had to endure myself - and more than once - before I fot the ef out of there. In the 60s and 70s - way after Stalin's demise - it was the SOP.
fot=got. A typo.
I had a "deviated septum" corrected.....that was REMOVAL of some of the internal parts of the nose....NOT this procedure.
It is not good to be a deviant. "Thou shalt not deviate' - and it applies to the nasal septa as well.
They stuff tampons and "packing" up your nose until everything heals and the septum is straight.
It was really quite an ordeal. Keeping your nose crammed with stuff for a couple of weeks, while you cannot breathe is very frustrating.
However, once everything had been pulled out, I was a lot better. Before the surgery, I had become a nasal spray junkie; needing nasal spray often just to keep breathing. I have used no nasal spray (aside form saline) for several years. When I breathe out my nose, I can feel wind whooshing out from it. If the new method works, w/o all the hassle I went through, it sounds pretty good.
an answer to your question most likely will be found here...
Feasibility and procedural success was demonstrated through 100% dilation of the target sinuses.
The Balloon Sinuplasty Procedure
After placing a small guiding catheter into the nose under endoscopic vision, a small guidewire is introduced into the sinus targeted for therapy. Once the sinus is accessed, a proprietary balloon device developed by Acclarent, Inc. (Menlo Park, CA) called the Relieva(TM) Sinus Balloon Catheter is introduced into the swollen sinus passageway under x-ray guidance. The Relieva Sinus Balloon catheter is then dilated, gently restructuring and widening the walls of the passageway, maintaining the integrity of the sinus lining and allowing for immediate drainage of trapped secretions.
"This technology is indeed an eye opener and should make sinus surgery more complete," said Dr. Michael Setzen from Manhasset, NY, "The Balloon Sinuplasty procedure is extremely exciting and will be beneficial to both sinus surgeons and patients."
How much does it cost to have a specialist stick a ballon in your nose and inflate it?
I don't know.
This is a new procedure!
You can look up ENT's that are trained and certified to do it here... (unfortunately there are no ENT's near me yet that do it)
I've seen people stick snakes, worms, strings, etc. in their nose and out their mouths.
I think I can stick a ballon through and have my wife blow it up.
If I can find a package of the skinny ballons clowns make animals with, the whole procedure would only cost a couple bucks.What do you think?
Just stop by the local Democrat headquarters in your area you will find plenty of balloon blowing-twisting clowns hanging around there!
Just for you... LOL
A couple of bucks! No way... a clown sculpting balloon is probably only a 5 cents."
Better and better.Now I can breath a sigh of relief. I didn't have two bucks.
There are some people who have fat enough heads already. this procedure would just encourage them.
It's been over a year since my sinus surgury, and it was pretty funky indeed. I hope this new approach makes it easier on others needing it.
My answer is the same as with laser eye surgery. "With my luck, I'd sneeze at the wrong moment and be disfigured for life."
I THOUGHT of the idea several years ago. cutting edge my foot...But due to my lack of influence and outlet to express my ideas, I wouldn't have convinced anyone to do it anyway...I was about to, seriously, thinking of sticking a balloon up my nose, and hooking it up to a compressed air tank with an on/of valve. Most sinus problems are due to lack of symmetry in the passages, so I figured this would be a cheap, easy fix. Now these "doctors" are getting the credit...
Look at my post (27). If you get around to it, let us know how it works. I was thinking of doing the same thing, but like every other project of mine, who knows how long before I get to this one.
I was referring to anesthesia-free dentistry.
Here's the trick to reduce your usage to a more manageable level; when you wake up in the morning, only clear one nostril with Afrin. When that closes up, wait as long as you can stand it (I can't go much more than and hour), then clear the other nostril. (I find that I'm usually fine if I can breath OK with one side.) I do the same thing when I'm sleeping and alternate nostrils and nights.
When I find myself getting out of control I do this and I'm almost Afrin-free during the day surprisingly fast. I think it's only 4-7 days.
I can NOT sleep without it, though!
And, no. I don't blame Afrin for my problems. I had so many sinus infections as a kid that I thought it was normal. Afrin actually saved me. After starting Afrin I've cut the bad infections down from 3-5 a year to 1 infection every two or three years.
Welcome aboard. Isn't Russia a great place to be out of?
Why would any tourist want to go there!?
I was addicted to Afrin and got off it. Here's how--pick a nostril and use Afrin as often as necessary, but only on that side. The non-Afrin side will clog up horribly for several hours or possibly even a few days, but will eventually clear up. In the meantime you can breathe through the Afrin nostril. When the first side clears, stop using Afrin on the other. It, too, will clog up horribly, of course, but eventually clear. Then you're off Afrin. I'm now using prescription generic fluticasone proprianate, which is once a day and keeps me as clear as Afrin ever did--no headaches, stuffiness, sinus infections, not even a cold since I started using it. And since it's generic, it's not expensive.
Hope this helps.
Probably very little.
However, if you want to make sure the balloon is in the right spot and not next to your optic nerve or a major cranial vessel, I'd suggest you pay a decent price for someone who can do it safely.
Like most things in life, the fee isn't for what you do; it's for knowing how to do it right - the first time.
Yeah, I have a bottle and several backups scattered around the house and car. This will be the third time I've had to kick. I'll get off it, be clogged for a month, and then I'll have this state of sometimes clear, clogged for the better part of a month and after a few years, I'll decide it's better to be addicted to Afrin and be able to breathe 12 months a year. But thanks, everyone, for the advice. I'll probably stop using the stuff again, suffer through it, and realize I was better off on Afrin and start using it again in a year or so. LOL.
Yup. I do like saline. The doc says I have bone malformation which is why I have all these stupid issues. That's why I'm so excited by this procedure!
Until somebody goes ten years with a stuffy nose, they have no idea how distressing it actually is. My main issue with Afrin is that it's so costly. That's why I have a 4 bottle a month maximum. (I may actually only use 2, but I need to keep my backups! lol!)
I actually had endoscopic nasal surgery, (@ $10,000) and during that they got rid of my deviated septum.....but they also found 3 polyps that were blocking spaces.....but, in the end my sinus problems were NOT cured....it took changing my diet to fix them.
Hello, I am the clown that created the balloon ghost you so graciously posted. I am honored. However; there are a few corrections to be made regarding your post. This particular balloon created uses 2 (350q's), 1 (646q), 1 (5in round), 3 (260q's) and 2 (160q's). Time to create this sculpture: 10-12 minutes. If you do the math, the answer multiplied far beyond 5 cents. Actually check out some of the other creations found on http://www.aBalloonArtist.com or even http://www.BalloonHQ.com you will see that balloon twisting known maybe in your day has come a long way. The bar has been risen. Balloon sculpting (twisting, shaping, etc.) is recognized as an art. Yes, there are still those who give the profession a bad name, but heck, that is in any industry. email@example.com (proud creator of the funky ghost balloon you posted)
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