Breathe Easy
A Simple Sinus Procedure Can Help You
Breathe Better
Dr. Danny Wong performs a balloon sinuplasty.

Dr. Wong is a board-certified physician in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. Since 1996, he has been a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. In the past, he was Chief of Surgery and the Chief of Staff at San Jacinto Methodist Hospital. Dr. Wong has been practicing medicine in the Baytown area for more than 16 years.

Suffering from continual problems of the sinuses, or chronic sinusitis (CS), can be an annoying problem. It can cause severe headaches, stuffiness in the nose and face, breathing issues and sleepless nights. Balloon sinuplasty – a minimally invasive, sinus-clearing procedure – is being performed at San Jacinto Methodist Hospital by Danny Wong, M.D., a local physician who specializes in otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat).

Chronic sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinus lining that lasts for three months or more. The illness is typically caused by bacterial, viral and/or microbial infections. In addition, CS can be caused by structural problems such as blockage of the sinus opening. If blockage occurs, mucus will not drain, resulting in infection and inflammation. CS is one of the most commonly diagnosed chronic illnesses. Signs and symptoms can include facial/dental pain, difficulty breathing, mucus from the nose, loss of smell, headaches, fatigue, sore throat and bad breath.

How Balloon Sinuplasty Works

During a balloon sinuplasty procedure, a wire equipped with a tiny balloon is threaded into the nostril and up into the area of blockage. The balloon is then inflated, allowing the sinus passageways to open. Once the passages are open, the balloon is removed. Then a saline solution is used to clear the infected passageways. The outpatient procedure is minimally invasive and requires little recovery time.

"Many of my patients feel immediate results from this procedure," Dr. Wong says. "Some claim that they can breathe better minutes after entering the recovery room. The biggest benefit to this procedure is that it is non-invasive. Patients have less discomfort after surgery and can go back to a normal routine in a matter of a few days. It is very rewarding to be able to offer my patients the latest technology in treating CS."

Sinuplasty Patient Finds Relief

Jeff Askew, a recent sinuplasty patient suffering from extreme headaches, nasal drainage and sinus pressure, was very pleased with his surgery results. "The headaches have stopped. I can't believe that the results were instantaneous," Askew shares.

"My family and I show dogs. Prior to the surgery I couldn't enjoy the shows due to the headaches," Askew says. "Now I can go out of town and enjoy every minute. My quality of life is greatly improved. I would recommend this procedure to those who are suffering from sinus issues – don't wait, get help now."

For more information on balloon sinuplasty and other services offered at San Jacinto Methodist Hospital, please call 281-420-8812.