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Questions & Answers from Our Ear, Nose and Throat Professionals

Dr. Turner Wright is a specialist in ear, nose & throat. We hope that these videos provide you with answers to any questions you may have. Click on the links to be directed to a short clip that will provide you with useful information. Dr. Turner Wright is an expert in his field and performs balloon sinuplasty, chronic sinusitis surgery, sinus balloon surgery, and sinusitis treatments. If you would like to learn more, give us a call and set up a consultation today!


Who is eligible for a balloon sinuplasty?

Not everybody is eligible for a balloon sinuplasty. Our specialists can help decide by reviewing your medical history, examining the severity of your symptoms, and determining whether other treatments have been effective for you. More information can be found here.

Is balloon sinuplasty right for me?

Have you noticed persistent facial pain or pressure, sinus headaches, green or yellow nasal discharge, decreased sense of smell, or congestion? Have you been prescribed medication or taken anything? Is it helping? Ultimately, a specialist will have to determine whether balloon sinuplasty is right for you; however, you might be a candidate if you’ve been experiencing chronic symptoms for more than twelve weeks or have recurring infections. More information can be found here.

What is balloon sinus dilation?

Balloon sinus dilation is a surgical procedure used to treat sinusitis and related problems through minimally invasive techniques. We’ll insert a thin endoscope into the nose without disrupting your surrounding bone or tissue; we’ll then gently insert and inflate a small balloon to widen blocked passageways and allow your sinus fluid to drain properly. Balloon sinus dilation allows for shorter recovery times and less bleeding than other techniques. More information can be found here.

What is the difference between a cold and sinusitis?

Sinusitis can seem like a cold at the beginning; symptoms for both can include a stuffed nose, coughing and sneezing, a fever, and mild pain throughout the body. However, a cold generally resolves within ten days to two weeks, while sinusitis lasts four weeks or longer. It’s also accompanied by sinus pressure, which manifests as pain in the face, especially behind the eyes, upper jaw, and teeth. Find more information here.

Will I be awake during the procedure?

Balloon sinuplasty is an outpatient procedure. Local or general anesthesia may both be used, you are welcome to speak to our specialists with any questions or concerns so you know what to expect. Find more information here.

What if I have a deviated septum?

If your deviated septum is the only cause of your difficulty breathing, then balloon sinuplasty will not help. A deviated septum is a nasal problem rather than a sinus problem; if your symptoms are dire enough, correction might be necessary. Speak with your doctor to learn more. You can also find more information here.