Relief From Sinusitis With Noninvasive Balloon Sinuplasty

Dr. Timothy Thomason and Dr. Constance Zhou Offer Relief From Sinusitis With Noninvasive Balloon Sinuplasty

Experienced otolaryngologists Dr. Timothy Thomason and Dr. Constance Zhou are available to schedule consultations for those suffering from severe sinusitis to determine whether Balloon Sinuplasty is appropriate.

Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinus lining which causes a person’s sinus opening to become blocked and prevents normal mucus drainage. Symptoms include facial pain, sinus pressure, loss of smell and taste, sinus headaches and sore throat due to drainage and fatigue. Sinusitis may last for a few weeks or drag out longer than 12 weeks. At that point, patients should definitely visit their doctor to evaluate a plan for care.

While sinusitis can be triggered by bacterial or viral infections caused by allergies, it is important that what are actually allergies is not mistaken for sinusitis so that proper treatment is given.  This is why it is essential to see a doctor regarding recurring symptoms and receive a professional opinion. Thomason and Zhou are available to assess the extent of patients’ sinusitis symptoms and determine the best course of action to take to provide effective relief.

More than 37 million Americans are affected by sinusitis annually. While some patients are able to manage their symptoms with medication or natural remedies such as using saline nasal sprays, taking prescribed antibiotics and/or inhaling steam, studies show that up to 60 percent of patients find medicines do not provide them with relief from chronic painful sinus pressure and abnormal drainage.

In the past, the traditional surgery recommended for relief from chronic sinusitis involved removing bone and tissue to enlarge the sinus opening and clear blocked sinuses. The drawbacks of this approach include a long recovery time, pain and scarring.

Balloon Sinuplasty is a breakthrough procedure that corrects sinusitis with a minimally invasive technique requiring a very short recovery time of only two to three days. Thomason and Zhou perform Balloon Sinuplasty in-office at the Medical and Surgical Clinic of Irving. The process is endoscopic, involves no cutting or removal of bone or tissue and does not require general anesthesia.

During the procedure, a tiny, latex-free balloon is inserted into the nose and inflated. Once inflated, the balloon efficiently restructures the blocked sinus opening and reestablishes appropriate drainage. After the procedure is complete, patients experience relief from sinus pressure and are able to breathe normally. A clinical study reports that symptoms improved in 95 percent of patients after receiving Balloon Sinuplasty.

Thomason and Zhou have experience performing Balloon Sinuplasty at the Medical and Surgical Clinic of Irving and are available to discuss the procedure in further detail with patients who feel they could benefit.

Thomason is a native Dallasite who has been practicing medicine in Irving, Texas, since 2007. He is a department head at the Medical and Surgical Clinic of Irving and specializes in rhinoplasty, allergy and sinus treatment, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, thyroid surgery and the surgical management of obstructive sleep apnea. When he isn’t working with patients to improve their ear, nose and throat health, he’s typically spending time with his wife and three sons camping in the great outdoors or tossing a ball around the backyard.

Zhou came to Dallas by way of Oklahoma City, OK, to attend the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. She loved the area so much that after graduation, she remained there for her residency in otolaryngology. Zhou specializes in general adult and pediatric otolaryngology, sinus disease, allergy treatment, thyroid surgery and facial plastic surgery. In her spare time she enjoys photography and spending time with her family and close friends.

Patients suffering from chronic sinusitis can take a step toward improving their quality of life by scheduling a consultation with Thomason or Zhou today. To book an appointment and evaluate whether Balloon Sinuplasty is appropriate for them, patients should call 972-253-4250.