New sinus infection treatment - balloon cynoplasty
Living Healthy: New sinus infection treatment - balloon cynoplasty
UNDATED (WHDH) -- A unique treatment for sinus infection using a tiny balloon has patients breathing a little easier.
"I'd get a sinus infection and then I'd get antibiotics to take it away for a few weeks, then it would come back again, back again,” said Harlene Palkuti.
76-year-old Harlene Palkuti says for years, she suffered from chronic sinus infections that left her feeling crummy.
"It makes you feel tired and it was bothersome and then you'd be coughing up this stuff and it was repulsive,” said Palkuti.
Palkuti said she tried medications, nasal sprays, saline solution, even homeopathic remedies but nothing worked.
"Their sinuses aren't working. They have occlusion of the pathways and their nose isn't functioning normal. Symptomatically, they may have decreased sense of smell, headaches, particularly with changes in the weather,” said Dr. Michael Abidin, an ear nose and throat doctor.
Palkuti's doctor, an ear, nose and throat physician, suggested a new treatment that's performed right in the office called balloon cynoplasty, where doctors insert a small balloon into the sinuses.
“It blows up and literally fractures the bone and then it heals open, that's why it lasts,” said Dr. Abidin.
The procedure has a 90 percent success rate. Palkuti underwent the procedure a few months ago and she said an anesthetic numbed any pain and she was able to go home right away.
“I've had dental things that bothered me much more than this,” said Palkuti.
Palkuti said her sinuses have been clear ever since.
"I've been very fortunate, it hasn't come back,” said Palkuti.
The procedure works best for patients who suffer from chronic sinusitis -- that's defined as an infection lasting at least twelve weeks.