Tue, 02 January 2018
The sinuses are air-filled pockets on either side of the nose, close to the eyes and in the forehead region. They open into the nasal passage which ventilate and drain them, keeping them healthy. Any obstruction to these openings can cause a build-up of mucus and lead to infection. While in most cases, the obstruction is caused by a pre-existing cold or allergies, in others it may be due to an abnormal microanatomy of the nose and sinus.
Chronic sinusitis sets in when the blockage and sinus inflammation lasts three months or more. Symptoms include: facial pain; pressure; congestion; difficulty breathing through the nose; discharge of mucus; loss of sense of smell; headache, fatigue; sore throat; and bad breath.
Typical treatment begins with medication, but this does not work for everyone and a surgical option may be recommended. The latest technique in this field is Balloon Sinuplasty, a safe and minimally invasive procedure in which the sinus passages are opened.
The surgeon threads a soft-tipped guide wire equipped with a tiny balloon into the nostrils and up to the area of blockage. The balloon is then inflated to open the passageway. Finally, the sinus is flushed out.
This surgery is safe and relieves the pain and pressure associated with chronic sinusitis without cutting and removing the natural structures. Recovery time is shorter compared to conventional surgery. Although most patients can be treated with this method alone, some, with infection of the Ethmoid sinuses, may need conventional endoscopic surgery.
The procedure is performed at Royal Bahrain Hospital by Dr Shalabh Sharma, visiting senior ENT consultant, and Dr Avneesh Kumar, senior ENT specialist.
Call 17 246-800 or book an appointment through the hospital’s mobile app (available on iOS and Android) or website on www.royalbahrainhospital.com.