If you've ever had a sinus infection, you know how painful it can be. But when it happens all the time, it can make life real hard.
For Susan Anderson, the headaches, coughing, and constant pain are just too much. Susan suffers from chronic sinus infections. Just when she thinks she's getting better, another infection takes hold. Susan says, "It's so bad your teeth hurt and it's excruciating when your teeth hurt because you can't eat, chew because it hurts so bad."
There's a procedure that's giving chronic sinusitis sufferers relief. It's called balloon sinuplasty. Dr. Carla Lawson, an ear nose and throat doctor at Franklin Square Hospital Center explains how it works. “There's a small guide wire that goes into the sinus, and then once it goes into the natural sinus opening, a balloon is inflated to a certain pressure. What that does is open the natural opening, it remodels the bone and then that balloon and guide are removed and the sinus is drained."
It's a permanent fix that's minimally invasive. Dr. Lawson says, "It's less trauma to the lining of the nose which translates into a faster recovery time, less pain afterwards and less bleeding."
Susan says she plans to get the procedure done soon. "That's the next step. I have to do something because I can't put up with the pain no more. It just gets too much."
If you'd like to learn more about balloon sinuplasty and an upcoming free seminar... Call franklin square hospital center at 443-777-7900.
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