OMAHA, NE, May 22, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Allergy and sinus season are upon us in Omaha, and if you have been plagued by chronic sinusitis, the physicians at Midwest Ear, Nose & Throat may have a treatment option for you: balloon sinuplasty. This procedure is an alternative to traditional sinus surgery that is offering sinusitis sufferers relief they did not previously think possible.
Your sinuses are air-filled spaces where air typically flows. Even when you have a buildup of mucus in your sinus cavities, it can typically drain sufficiently. However, when the mucus builds up excessively, this provides the ideal environment for bacteria and germs to multiply as well. This causes sinusitis to occur.
Allergies, smoking, colds or some anatomical dysfunctions can lead to sinusitis. Chronic sinusitis symptoms last longer than three months and include a cough that worsens at night, fever, headache, nose stuffiness, sore throat and general feelings of fatigue.
If you suffer from chronic sinusitis or have more than three episodes of acute sinusitis in a year, you may need to see an Omaha otolaryngologist at Midwest Ear, Nose & Throat Clinic. If conservative measures have failed, balloon sinuplasty may be an option.
The procedure involves inserting a catheter into the nose to reach the sinus passages. The catheter has a balloon on its end that can be inflated to expand the inflamed sinus passageway. Once inflated, a saline solution is introduced into the sinus cavity to flush out bacteria, pus and mucus that have collected in the cavity. When the catheter is removed, the sinuses remain open to allow for better drainage and prevent future sinusitis episodes.
"Balloon sinuplasty has provided a non-surgical alternative to sinus surgery," says Gerald Simons, MD, an Omaha otolaryngologist practicing at Midwest Ear, Nose & Throat Clinic. "The procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis to help patients find relief from a severely blocked sinus cavity."
To find out if you qualify for balloon sinuplasty, please call our Omaha, NE ear, nose and throat doctors' office at (402) 778-5200. To learn about additional services offered at Midwest Ear, Nose & Throat Clinic, please visit www.midwestentclinic.com
About Midwest Ear, Nose & Throat Clinic, PC: Midwest Ear, Nose & Throat Clinic is the practice of Gerald B. Simons, MD, and Samuel M. Medaris, MD. Dr. Simons has been at the practice since 1978 and is an American Academy of Otolaryngology board-certified otolaryngologist. He specializes in nasal and sinus diseases and performs balloon sinuplasty. Dr. Medaris earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Missouri in 1999 and 2003, respectively. He was the main creator of the Minimally Invasive Sinus Center where he performs in-offfice minimally invasive outpatient procedures.
Gerald B. Simons, M.D.
Samuel M. Medaris, M.D.
Midwest Ear, Nose & Throat Clinic, P.C.
2727 South 144th Street, Suite 105
Omaha, NE 68144
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