Anyone had balloon sinuplasty?

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   Posted 4/20/2011 7:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been battling sinus infections for nearly two years since nose was broken in a bad wreck.  Medications just don't get into sinuses very well when they're blocked.  The oral ones don't do much if the sinuses won't drain.  I've tried about a half dozen.  The sprays and rinses just can't get in.  I've made up my own, even with antibiotics - all under doctor direction, of course. 
Everything works for a little while, and then the infections come right back.  CT and MRI show the one sinus is worse now than it was a year ago.  Doc says he'll open two of them with balloon.  It sounded simple until I found out what it really means.  They have to break some bones!  That's why they do this under general anesthesia! 
Has anyone had this?  What's the recovery like? 

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   Posted 4/27/2011 4:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Alcie-I think the Dr. would have to re-break the old broken bones because they didn't heal in line and is blocking the nasal passages and causing infections. I haven't had broken bones but I've had two nose surgeries one for turbonectomy and fixing a deviated septum because I got all kind of sinus infections and pain in my cheeks and nose. I also had a second one because of scar tissue that needed to be removed. Both surgeries require General Anesthetic also. Surgeries were dine aout 6 and 8 years ago.

I had a lot of packing for each surgery and it was removed the next day then saw ENT again to remove the long stents and sutures. Best surgeries ever done! I rarely get any sinus infections for years now and still use steroid inhalers daily. If you're concerned about the surgery I would get a second opinion but if the one sinus is worse than a year ago it may get worse. Keep me posted how you do. Take care. Sara
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   Posted 4/27/2011 4:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I saw a commercial about the baloon sinusplasty. I get infections secondary to being on Humira (they don't know why, but sinus infections are a side effect of Humira). I am so tired of having them come back so soon after getting rid of one.

I'm curious how effective the new techniques are compared to older sinus surgeries, which I have heard don't work in a lot of people.

Please post again after you have surgery and let me know what it was like, and how you're doing. I hope it helps you tremendously!

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   Posted 4/27/2011 5:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Wish I could help, only thing that worked for me was having my sinus drained,
and doing saline nasal sprays....
Hope this surgery will help you...Keep us posted on how it goes...
well wishes...
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