November, 2015

How Balloon Sinuplasty Helps Chronic Sinusitis Sufferers

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

More than 37% of Americans and up to 20% of the global population suffers from ongoing sinus problems known as chronic sinusitis. If you suffer from facial pressure or pain, sinus pressure headaches, stuffy nose, reduced smell, sinus pressure or nasal discharge, you may be one of the people suffering from the symptoms of chronic sinusitis.

If you suffer from these symptoms frequently, you may be a good candidate for Dr. Khetarpal’s Trademarked PIVA Office Balloon Sinuplasty Procedure.

What is Balloon Sinuplasty?Chronic Sinusitis

Balloon sinuplasty is a procedure that treats chronic rhinosinusitis and headaches or sinus/nasal congestion caused by chronic sinusitis. Unlike traditional procedures for opening the sinuses, balloon sinuplasty can be performed in the office rather than in an operating room and no need for general anesthesia.

Just like balloon angioplasty can be used to open up clots in the blood vessels of the heart, balloon sinuplasty opens up small sinus openings called ostia. This procedure makes it possible to open and enlarge the ostia without cutting or pulling tissue, minimizing the risk of bleeding and scarring.

Once the sinuses are more open, they can drain better, and infections become less common. Those that do occur tend to clear more quickly following balloon sinuplasty.

How Does it Work?

Balloon sinuplasty is performed in your doctor’s office. Either IV anesthesia or local anesthesia with or without sedation will be used to ensure your comfort. Once the area is numb, catheters are passed into the sinuses, and balloons are inflated to open the sinus openings. In some instances, a shaver may be used to remove bone, polyps or unhealthy mucosa during balloon sinuplasty in what is known as a hybrid procedure.

In mild cases, the entire procedure often takes less than 30 minutes, but it may take up to an hour for more severe cases. The procedure is minimally invasive, and complicates are rare. Most patients experience very little bleeding and are able to resume normal daily activities within 24 to 48 hours.

Is Balloon Sinuplasty Right for You?

If you suffer from chronic sinusitis that does not respond well to medication, you may be a candidate for balloon sinuplasty. Most patients who undergo the procedure enjoy significant relief from their symptoms.

Dr. Khetarpal’s Trademarked PIVA Office Balloon Sinuplasty Procedure is available at Sinus & Snoring Centers of Texas in Brownsville. He has been performing this FDA-approved procedure since shortly after it became available, and he remains at the forefront as one of the few physicians in the US who offers in-office balloon sinuplasty.

To learn more and to find out if you are a good candidate for balloon sinuplasty, please call 956-504-5360 now to schedule a consultation.

Rhinoplasty Does More than You Think

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

When you think about rhinoplasty, or nose jobs, you probably think about people having the shape of the nose refined for cosmetic purposes. Rhinoplasty is one of the most common cosmetic procedures, and augmenting, reducing or reshaping the nose can lead to improved facial harmony and higher self-esteem.

But, did you know that rhinoplasty can do so much more?Brownsville Rhinoplasty

At Sinus & Snoring Centers of Texas, we offer Brownsville rhinoplasty services as reconstructive surgery to correct injuries and birth defects and to correct functional issues. In fact, when combined with endoscopic sinus surgery or septoplasty, reshaping of the nose effectively treats many types of breathing problems.

How Rhinoplasty Works

At Sinus & Snoring Centers of Texas, most rhinoplasty procedures are performed on an outpatient basis with the use of IV sedation or general anesthesia. Closed rhinoplasty, where the incisions are made inside the nostrils, is the most common procedure. Open rhinoplasty, in which an incision is made between the nostrils, may also be used.

Both types of procedures involve your surgeon carefully lifting the soft tissue that covers the nose to allow access to the bone and cartilage underneath. The bone and cartilage are sculpted to the desired shape, and soft tissue is redraped over the underlying structure and stitched. Typically, the procedure takes about one to two hours.

Are You a Candidate for Rhinoplasty?

Many people are good candidates for rhinoplasty. If you are over the age of 13 and in good overall health, you may be a good candidate for this procedure. Patients should also be non-smokers, and it is important to have realistic expectations regarding the outcome of the surgery. Only your surgeon can fully determine whether you are a good candidate for surgery.

Recovery

Immediately following surgery, you may experience bruising, swelling, bleeding, pain, headaches or stuffiness. These symptoms are normal, and they usually subside within a few days. The majority of patients are absent from work for a week or less.

In the days following your procedure, the results will become apparent. Most patients are very happy with the results of rhinoplasty.

Brownsville Rhinoplasty

At Sinus & Snoring Centers of Texas, Dr. Khetarpal provides excellent Brownsville rhinoplasty services. To learn more about the benefits of rhinoplasty or to schedule a consultation to find out if you are a good candidate for this often life-changing procedure, please call 956-504-5360 today.