In this series of Centric Talks, we sat down with Dr. Allan Vescan, our ENT/Sinus Surgeon for Centric Health Surgical Centre Toronto.
CHSCT: What are some preventative measures that people can take to lessen their sinus symptoms?
Dr. Vescan: The most important measure to prevent sinus symptoms is understanding what your triggers are. It could be related to allergies, diet or abnormal underlying anatomy that could affect the ability of the sinuses to drain and ventilate properly.
Once one understands their individual sinusitis triggers, they can work closely with their health care providers which usually includes: Allergists, Otolaryngologists and possible Respirologists to optimize their sinus health.
CHSCT: What are some of the most common mistakes that you see patients do when it comes to their treatment?
Dr. Vescan: By far the most common mistake involves stopping medications once the sinusitis is under control. The improvement may have been achieved with a surgical procedure or various medications, however, due to the chronic nature of sinusitis ongoing use of medications if very important.
CHSCT: What would you say to prospective patients who are considering Balloon Sinuplasty?
Dr. Vescan: I would encourage them to get a comprehensive evaluation by a qualified Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgeon who has an interest in Sinusitis and Rhinology to see where Balloon Sinuplasty fits for them. Balloon Sinus dilation can be delivered in isolation or in combination with other sinus procedures. The most important part of choosing a surgical procedure is to have one that is tailored to each patients specific issues.
CHSCT: What is a common misconception about Balloon Sinuplasty?
Dr. Vescan: Balloon Sinuplasty is one tool in the toolbox of helping patients with Sinusitis. Often I will speak to patients about the procedure and explain this concept. The balloon may be used as a technique to address part of their sinusitis, other areas may need more conventional surgery and possibly specific medications. Personalized treatment for each individual patient is important, unfortunately there isn’t one perfect solution for all patients.