Minimally invasive procedure widens natural opening of the sinuses. Page Content "I’m glad we have a minimally invasive method to offer those who’ve suffered the long-term discomforts of chronic sinusitis. It’s an innovative, safe treatment option that I perform in-office.”- Abhishek Prasad. M.D.If you’ve been suffering from chronic sinus infections – known as sinusitis – and nasal irrigation and antibiotics aren’t preventing repeat attacks, you might be a candidate for a balloon sinuplasty, a noninvasive procedure. Common sinusitis symptoms include heavy nasal congestion and discharge, facial pain, sinus headaches, toothaches, a general sense of fatigue and even bad breath.Balloon sinuplasty can widen the natural opening of the sinuses, allowing drainage and providing long-term relief for chronic sufferers. A trained otolaryngologist, commonly referred to as an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) physician, threads a tiny balloon catheter (thin, flexible tube) or guide wire with a balloon into the nostrils (step 1) and up to the area of blockage (step 2).The balloon is then inflated (step 3) to open the passageway. Sinuses are opened (step 4) in the same way that doctors open up a blocked artery during a balloon angioplasty. Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4The following Kelsey-Seybold ENT specialists perform the balloon sinuplasty procedure: Thomas Borski, M.D. Ambulatory Surgery Centerat Main CampusAbhishek Prasad, M.D.In-officeFort Bend Medical and Diagnostic CenterChen Xie, M.D.Ambulatory Surgery Centerat Main CampusFor more information, watch the balloon sinuplasty video.Call 713-442-0427 to Schedule an AppointmentNeed to see a Kelsey-Seybold specialist?Call our 24/7 Contact Center at 713-442-0427. Our appointment schedulers are ready to assist you with scheduling appointments with any Kelsey-Seybold specialist at any Kelsey-Seybold location. Our physicians have expertise in more than 50 medical specialties, and no referrals are necessary to see most Kelsey-Seybold specialists. Call 713-442-0427 – any day or night.