Sinusitis occurs when the linings of the sinuses become inflamed, possibly from a pre-existing cold or allergies. If you experience frequent bouts of sinusitis, or your symptoms are continuous for three months or more, you may have chronic sinusitis. For patients suffering from chronic sinusitis, symptoms may include facial pressure or pain, nasal congestion, discolored nasal drainage, loss of smell and fatigue. Standard of care begins with medical treatment such as antibiotics and steroids. If medical therapy has been attempted and your symptoms fail to improve, you may be a candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty. Balloon Sinuplasty is a procedure that is used to widen the drainage pathways of the sinuses. For many patients, the procedure can be performed in the office under only local anesthesia. A small flexible balloon catheter is placed into the nose to stretch the sinus openings and facilitate drainage of the mucus that builds up in patients that suffer from chronic sinusitis. Additional Reading: balloonsinuplasty.com watch an animated in office balloon sinuplasty procedure here.