Fix Your Sinuses Without Surgery or Medications


Summer is coming to a close and with it the increased possibility of sinus infections, especially for those who suffer from ragweed allergies and seasonal colds.

Many tough it out or utilize over the counter remedies like Flonase with some degree of success, but a better option may be to seek out an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) surgeon like Palomar Health-affiliated physician Saurabh Shah, MD, FAAOA.

While he is a trained surgeon, he says he can treat many people without surgery through innovative technology performed in his office with few side effects.

“I’m making the world a better place, one nose at a time,” Dr. Shah likes to say.   

Chronic Rhino sinusitis (an inflammation of the sinus lining causing blockage) may be causing great disruption in your daily life. Headaches, sleeplessness, irritability and general discomfort may last days, weeks or even months and may return after only a short respite. Nasal rinses and decongestants are often the first, go-to methods of treatment. If these over the counter options don’t create lasting relief, professional medical treatment is probably the answer, but some may be reluctant with visions of invasive surgery in a hospital that leaves your face black and blue and a nose filled with gauze.

However, new modern techniques can treat Sinusitis inside a physician’s office with minimal discomfort and side effects. There is no cutting and scarring, no general anesthesia (only local numbing of the area) and no hospital stay. It’s like comparing oral surgery to having a crown put in, Dr. Shah says. Not pain-free but very manageable with great outcomes.

The procedure Dr. Shah performs is called a “balloon sinuplasty” and utilizes a catheter, balloon and a type of fish wire. In effect, Dr. Shaw fishes a small balloon through the nasal cavity to the blockage, inflates the balloon, opens and clears the clogged passage, deflates and removes the balloon. Independent studies have shown the procedure to be effective more than 94 percent of the time with lasting benefits. In most cases, you do not have to continue taking antibiotics and other medications.

Dr. Shah says the procedure is like “increasing the number of lanes in your nose. It creates a free flow of traffic.”

Dr. Shah performs the procedure inside his Escondido office, often in under an hour and a half. The procedure is covered by most insurance plans and allows you to breathe free and easy.

In recognition of World Sinus Health Awareness Day, Dr. Shah is teaching a virtual class on how the procedure can improve your health on Wednesday, September 29 at 6 p.m. The class is entitled: Recent Innovations in Sinus Therapy. You can sign up online, for free.

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