Little Balloon Provides Big Results: Instant Recovery, Lasting Relief for Sinus Patients of All Ages

If you suffer from poor sinus drainage, you already know that antibiotics, decongestants, and steroids can do only so much.

Until recently, sufferers of chronic or recurrent sinusitis were limited to two treatment options: medication therapy or aggressive sinus surgery. Fortunately, advances in medical science have opened new doors. Now there’s a treatment that can be performed in your doctor’s office without the need for cutting or tissue removal – and it’s available through Ingalls.

image of balloon inside sinus cavity

“Balloon sinus dilation is a minimally invasive office procedure, performed under local anesthesia, that delivers immediate and long-lasting relief,” explains Francis Hobson, M.D., board-certified ear, nose and throat specialist and head and neck surgeon. “We’ve treated many patients with this procedure in our office. Our patients are relieved of their symptoms immediately after the procedure, and many are back to their normal routine the next day.”

The procedure reshapes sinus pathways by inflating small balloons in key places in the nose and sinuses, and restoring drainage.

Studies show that afterwards, patients experience less facial pain, use less antibiotics, make fewer visits to their doctor, and are better able to perform day-to-day activities at home and at work. In fact, in most cases, the patient is able to resume normal activities the day of the treatment.

Ear, nose and throat specialists at Ingalls can determine if your condition may benefit from office balloon sinus dilation and can help you understand the risks and benefits of this treatment.

For more information, call Ingalls Care Connection at 708.915.CARE (2273).

The procedure is appropriate for children and adults.

Sinusitis Symptoms May Include:

  • Sinus pressure and congestion
  • Headache
  • Facial pain
  • Tenderness and swelling around the eyes, cheeks, nose and forehead
  • Difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Loss of the sense of smell or taste
  • Yellow or green mucus from the nose
  • Teeth pain
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat from nasal dishcharge

Maurice's Story

For 13-year-old Maurice Bankston of Chicago Heights, balloon sinus dilation at Ingalls was a total slam-dunk! That’s because the talented basketball player, who’s suffered with chronic sinus infections since he was born, has been breathing a lot easier since he had the procedure at Ingalls in Tinley Park last November.

teenager holding basketball with mom

Maurice’s pediatrician referred him to Dr. Hobson last fall, and he recommended balloon sinus dilation for Maurice’s nasal congestion and ear tubes for his ongoing ear infections.

Almost immediately, Maurice’s sinuses cleared up; for the very first time, he could breathe deeply through his nose. And other than sitting out of gym class for a week following the procedure, he didn’t miss any school.

Today, the future forensic scientist is looking forward to another great basketball season – and football in the spring.

“I feel great,” he adds.

As for Maurice’s mom, Michelle, owner of the Playhouse Day Care Center in University Park, she regularly refers clients to Dr. Hobson.

“I tell them, ‘You need to call Dr. Hobson,’” she explains. “The balloons did wonders for Maurice!”

Susan's Story

woman enjoying flowers in garden

For more than 30 years, Susan Otiniano of Chicago battled chronic sinus problems. Nasal stuffiness, an unpleasant cough and sinus infections slowed the otherwise active 70-year-old down.

“I was on one medication regimen after another,” she explains. If she came into contact with someone who was sick, she got sick as well. “Spring pollens bothered me, too,” she explains.

Susan went to see Dr. Hobson, who recommended balloon sinus dilation. When she learned more about the procedure, Susan readily agreed; Dr. Hobson could even treat her in his Flossmoor office.

Susan had the procedure in February, and she was able to enjoy the new blooms in spring for the first time in years. Her symptoms cleared up immediately, and she’s breathing easy – something she hadn’t been able to do in decades.

“I’m so grateful that I found a doctor who could perform such a procedure, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who suffers from constant sinus congestion like I did,” she said.

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