Specializing in Balloon Sinus Dilation
Dr. John Austin has been a practicing ear, nose and throat physician in Austin for more than 20 years. Along with board certification in otolaryngology, Dr. Austin was the first physician in Austin to be certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. Before moving to Austin, Dr. Austin was on faculty at the prestigious MD Anderson Cancer Center, serving as an assistant professor in the department of head and neck surgery. Dr. Austin specializes in life-changing, in-office procedures, treating conditions such as sleep apnea and chronic sinusitis.
It’s my greatest honor to contribute to the well-being of my patients by helping them find a solution to their ear, nose and throat symptoms.
John Austin, MD, FACS
Austin ENT Associates
512.458.6391 | draustinent.com
Dr. John Austin has practiced as an ear, nose and throat physician in Austin since 1995. As an expert in ENT disorders, he provides treatment and relief for a wide variety of conditions.
WHAT TREATMENT IS AVAILABLE FOR CHRONIC SINUS PAIN?
It seems living in Austin, sinus issues are almost a rite of passage, but our goal is to help you get back to feeling like yourself. Initial treatment options may include medications to relieve the congestion, decrease mucus production, reduce reaction to allergens, reduce swelling or antibiotics to fight infection when present. When polyps are present, a surgical procedure may be recommended in order to treat and/or prevent future infections.
If sinus pain is recurring and medications are not relieving symptoms, you may be a candidate for balloon sinus dilation.
RECURRENT SYMPTOMS BALLOON SINUS DILATION CAN TREAT:
• Sinus infection
• Facial pain and pressure
• Sinus headache
• Excessive yellow/green mucus
• Pressure or pain when leaning forward
• Dental pain
• Sensitivity in the change of weather
• Facial pain/pressure when flying
WHAT IS BALLOON SINUS DILATION?
Balloon sinus dilation (or balloon sinuplasty) is an effective, in-office procedure that gently opens the nasal passages to improve sinus drainage for patients suffering from sinusitis.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Patients are given a small-dose sedative to take before the procedure and are driven home by a friend or family member. The procedure is fast and recovery time is minimal. Most patients return to regular activities the next day. Balloon sinus dilation is covered by many insurance plans and requires no cutting or removal of bone or tissue (unlike traditional sinus surgery) and is almost painless.
• A balloon catheter is gently inserted into the sinus through the nose.
• The balloon is inflated and gently widens the walls of the sinus passageway.
• Saline is sprayed into the inflamed sinus to flush out the mucus.
• The catheter/balloon is removed, leaving the sinuses open.
WHAT IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING CHRONIC SINUS PAIN?
You may be able to gain some temporary relief of your symptoms by using over-the-counter medications and nasal sprays. If, however, the symptoms continue to interfere with your daily life, contact Dr. John Austin for a consultation to discuss balloon sinus dilation or other treatment options.
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