Do You Have Blocked Sinuses? Dr. Napoleon Bequer Can Help!
More than 37 million Americans suffer from sinus issues, including obstructions and sinusitis. Sinusitis occurs when your sinus lining is inflamed. If the inflammation blocks the sinus’ opening to the nose, mucus cannot drain normally and blockage occurs. This blockage often leads to painful living and trouble breathing. Napoleon Bequer, M.D., a board certified otolaryngologist (ENT) and pioneer in minimally invasive balloon sinuplasty, would like to help you
Do You Have These Symptoms?
Sinusitis can be acute (short-term) or chronic (lasting longer than four months). It manifests itself in different ways:
- Congestion that won’t go away
- Pain or pressure around the eyes
- Ear pain
- Upper teeth pain
- Constant nasal drip or throat clearing
- Frequent headache
- Bad breath or funny taste in the mouth
- Snoring and sleep apnea
- Lack of sense of smell
You may think a lifetime of antibiotics and nasal spray is the answer. Not necessarily. Or, you may have heard that open nasal surgery is the sure cure. In some cases, it is. But balloon sinuplasty is increasingly becoming the go-to procedure to treat sinusitis. This cutting-edge technique opens sinus passageways with few complications and lasting results. It is performed in a doctor’s office, usually in less than an hour.
What is Balloon Sinuplasty?
Expanding sinus cavities through balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that yields similar results to traditional surgery – but without the knives and needles. Simply explained, it opens up the sinus cavities in the same way a balloon angioplasty opens up blocked arteries.
Dr. Bequer is a leader in using this technology. He has performed well over 1,000 balloon sinuplasties over a span of seven years and is a consultant to Johnson & Johnson, the healthcare leader that manufactures top sinuplasty equipment.
“Ninety percent of patients experience relief with this procedure,” says Dr. Bequer. “Of the ten percent who don’t respond the first time, 90 percent of those people are helped by a subsequent procedure. The results are very gratifying to see.”
The advantages of the procedure:
- Local anesthesia
- Low risk of complications
- Similar success rate to open sinus surgery
- Lasting results
- Low impact, minimally invasive
The procedure, also called a sinoplasty, usually results in less swelling, bruising, bleeding and infection risk than in open surgery. In many cases, patients can go back to work right after the procedure.
How Does Balloon Sinuplasty Work?
The procedure opens and drains blocked breathing passageways. This allows most patients to breathe more freely than they have been able to in years. The procedure itself involves numbing the area with an anesthetic-soaked sponge, inserting a special expander attached to a thin catheter into the nostril, inflating and then contracting the balloon and finally retracting it out of the nose. The actual procedure itself takes only ten to fifteen minutes. In many cases, nasal packing is not needed afterward.
Is Sinuplasty Right for You?
The procedure is a viable choice for many sufferers of sinus blockage. In particular, it benefits people who can’t tolerate general anesthesia for one reason or another. It works for patients who are taking blood thinners, such as Coumadin and Warfarin, as there is minimal risk of bleeding. It can also help patients with many conditions. Many lung patients have recurring sinusitis, for example. The sinuses can be opened and drained through this procedure. Dr. Bequer can work with your primary care doctor, allergist or other specialist to determine the best treatment plan for you.
Can It Help My Nasal Allergies?
Your immune system may see certain airborne substances as “invaders” and create antibodies against them, triggering a reaction. A balloon sinuplasty cannot cure an allergy but it can alleviate symptoms and make the problem easier to treat. Dr. Bequer is happy to discuss your condition with your allergist to see if a balloon sinuplasty is right for you.
About Dr. Napoleon Bequer, an expert in this new treatment
Dr. Bequer received his medical degree from Universidad de Zaragoza in Spain. He completed an internship and part of his residency in general surgery at Drexel University Medical School and Hospital in Philadelphia. He did his residency in otolaryngology at the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University.
He was fellowship trained in otology/neuro-otology and head and neck surgery under the auspices of otolaryngologist Michael Paparella, MD, at the Minnesota Ear, Head and Neck Clinic in Minneapolis. Dr. Bequer also completed two mini fellowships in rhinology in Philadelphia.
He is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology. He served as chief of staff at Palms West Hospital, and is also the author of several scholarly publications.
Call for an appointment today
Don’t live with breathing problems, sleep apnea and pain caused by blocked sinus cavities. Dr. Bequer wants to help you and is one of the most experienced ENTs performing this procedure. Call today and start breathing better again.