Balloon procedure opens up stubborn sinuses
Joy Hicks was just about to give up the medications for her allergies because she still had problems breathing when Dr. Timothy Kaiser mentioned another option.
One of the options that Kaiser, an otolaryngologist or ear, nose and throat doctor at ENT of Oklahoma, suggested was using a tiny balloon to enlarge her sinus passages. The procedure, balloon sinuplasty by Entellus Medical, which has only been around for about four years, is done in the doctor's office under local anesthesia.
Hicks had the procedure on Jan. 14 after suffering for years from almost year-round allergies and chronic sinusitis.
"It was a vicious circle, (the two conditions) fed off each other ... I had constant sinus infections and it made me feel bad all the time ... it was a matter of which came first, the chicken or the egg," she said.