"I have suffered with sinus problems for as long as I can remember. Nighttime stuffiness was constant and became a “normal” part of my falling-asleep pattern of tossing from side to side, trying to breathe from one side of my nose and then the other. Blowing my nose was not usually productive and many times caused the stuffiness to feel even worse. I used nasal sprays from time to time to try and clear up the congestion, but knowing the dependency issues with the sprays, I would not use them for more than a couple of days at a time.
For the last few years post nasal drip has also become a daily annoyance combined with the constant congestion. I have allergies and have been getting injections for a number of years, but I have never been symptom free.
During a recent allergy checkup, Dr. Stein asked if I had ever considered surgery to open up the sinuses. I considered the procedure when I learned it was a covered procedure in the office setting.
I had the surgery in December, 2011 in Dr. Stein’s office. The procedure was no more difficult for me than having a dental procedure. I was in and out of the office in less than a couple of hours and was able to stop by a local pharmacy to do some shopping afterward. I could have easily gone to work the next morning, but it was the weekend. I was perfectly fine by Monday and no one in the office could even tell that I had surgery the Friday before.
I can honestly say that for the first time that I can recall, I have been able to sleep without tossing from side to side to try to clear congestion. The post nasal drip issues have also dramatically improved and blowing my nose is actually productive. Considering the noninvasive nature of this surgical procedure, I can’t imagine why anyone would suffer one more day with sinus symptoms that could be alleviated by Balloon Sinuplasty!"