Facial pain, pressure, congestion and feeling tired are the hallmarks of a sinus infection. One of the more exciting developments in the treatment of sinus infections and headaches is balloon sinuplasty. This is a minimally invasive procedure performed in our office under local anesthesia.
Many people have heard of angioplasty, where a small catheter is placed into a clogged artery and a balloon used to dilate the vessel to allow increased bloodflow. Balloon sinuplasty uses the same concept: A small lighted wire is passed through the sinus opening and then a balloon inflated to create a larger opening, allowing the sinuses to function properly and avoid pain and infections.
Most patients feel little pain and can return to work within 1-2 days. If you have headaches, congestion and feel tired, call the office at (804) 775-4559 to see if this procedure is right for you.
Dr Travis Shaw is a double board certified ENT and Facial Plastic surgeon serving the Richmond, Williamsburg and Petersburg areas.
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