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     Michael B. Lyons, MD, FAACS
Board Certified Facial Plastic & Cosmetic Surgeon

(251) 344.0044

                      Chronic Sinusitis  
   Sinus Surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty

                  Balloon Sinuplasty, Chronic Sinus pain & pressure relief

As an Otolaryngologist and Facial Plastic Surgeon, my  goals are to continue enhancing both
form and function.  When it comes to the nose, a systematic approach is taken to not only
improve its shape by correcting any distortion of bone or cartilage, but also to provide a
healthier nasal function.  Nasal and Sinus tissue are an integral part of this equation.  
Chronic Sinusitis is a real concern for millions of patients.  Is it chronic Sinusitis or a cold?
See the section "Is it a Cold or Sinus Infection" for additional information listed below.  
Are you suffering from a Cold or Chronic/Recurrent Sinusitis?  We recommend a specialist
with experience who is trained in Ear, Nose & Throat who can offer you relief.  The Balloon
Sinuplasty offers instant relief and can be performed in the office or outpatient setting
depending upon your insurance.   

Having been one of the first ENT's in Mobile to perform Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, I i
ntroduced the procedure at a monthly departmental meeting at the Mobile Infirmary in 1987.  After training at Johns Hopkins Hospital from the German Physician that invented the
technique the year before, I began to perform these with wonderful results compared to
older more destructive techniques.  

One of the most remarkable improvements to address sinus pressure and recurrent
infections is using a balloon (similar to the device used in coronary arteries to dilate vessels)
to dilate these occluded (clogged) sinus passageways.  This procedure spares membrane
tissue damage and reduces patient's recovery time.  The procedure is called Sinus
Balloonplasty  or Dilation and can be performed in the office under local anesthesia.  Follow
up studies have proven to be as effective as conventional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery.

Numerous techniques are used to improve the occluded nasal airway.  The septum or divider
of the nose, as well as the "bumps" on the sidewall are the most common causes of nasal
passageway blockage.  When performing the balloon sinuplasty, a septal blockage can be
trimmed.  The turbinates (bumps on the side of the nasal passageways) can also be reduced
with the Yag laser.  Nasal bone reshaping can also be performed to help improve the shape
of a distorted nose. Insurance will usually cover sinus procedure and nasal reshaping  if there
is a history of trauma resulting in a nasal fracture with airway blockage.  Insurance benefits
will be verified and discussed prior to the procedure.  

     If you are experiencing sinus headaches, pressure, pain and can't get relief then contact us
for an evaluation.  Most insurance accepted, call us for an appointment. 

      Outpatient procedure for in office or hospital DEPENDING ON YOUR INSURANCE and offering instant relief

 Is it a Cold or Sinus Infection ?
Just a brief overview for your consideration!
Watering eyes, sneezing, stuffy nose, headache, cough, fatigue can all play significant roles in both cases.  
Colds are a virus and usually last less than 10 days and there are no antibiotics to treat this condition, however, OTC (over the counter) medications can offer some temporary relief .  Colds wear you down and can produce low grade fevers in adults and higher temps in children.   Physicians recommend drinking plenty of liquids and getting rest.  
A Sinus Infection is similar but more intense due to the 8 sinus cavities and can be treated with antibiotics.  Sinus infections can have all the symptoms above plus green or yellow mucus, bad
breath, postnansal drip, facial pain and pressure, decreased sense of smell and taste, etc.  Then it's time to contact your physician especially a specialist in ear, nose and throat.  Dr. Lyons has a "Special Recipe" sinus rinse that helps to alleviate some of these issues.   Chronic Sinusitis is treatable with
Injections, steroids and presciption medications which can lessen the severity faster.