I had been having sinus infections for months at time, and even antibiotics and steroids wouldn't knock it out, and I was just very uncomfortable.
I'm a singer, so it was very important for me to get the issue fixed. When we talked to Dr. Potocki, he really took that into account, and he knew that it was really important to me to do something that was safe and healthy for my vocal cords and not to damage anything in my sinuses.
The procedure lasted about an hour or so, and I really wasn't that uncomfortable at all and was awake for the whole thing, and everything went very smoothly.
As soon as I was finished and at home after the procedure I could tell a huge difference in the way that I felt.
I didn't even realize how uncomfortable I was, until after the procedure
because I just felt so good and was able to breathe so easily.
-- Madeline, singer
My sinuses were really, really, really bad. My nose was running, and my eyes would run constantly like I was crying, and the hoarseness was really bad. I was just miserable.
When I came in to see Dr. Potocki, he told me that I could either have the balloon procedure, or it would be a condition I could just live with because there wasn't any other way to cure what I had or to take that sinus problem away. Dr. Potocki explains exactly what he's doing, and he gives me the options. His nurse was very, very kind. I did not have any pain at all.
Dr. Potocki had me to take a valium, but after I got home, I didn't find any need for the pain pills at all. My eyes are not watering like they were. My nose is not running like it was. I'm not hoarse like I was.
-- Shirley, sinus sufferer
Some of the symptoms that I felt prior to the procedure were sinus congestion, pressure, headaches, that sort of thing, and that was gone for the first time since I can remember.
I felt better from day one. When I play on the floor with the grandkids, I don't get dizzy. Dizziness was something that was bothering me prior to the procedure, and it was kind of funny. I didn't really realize it was related to the sinuses until afterwards when the dizziness went away.
Having had the balloon dilation procedure, my sinuses, my quality of life has improved significantly. The night time coughing is gone. I don't have the sinus drainage that I had prior to the procedure, as well as that heaviness, constant feeling of pressure in my sinuses.
Without question I wholeheartedly recommend this. For the minor inconvenience of having the procedure done, have a major step up in lifestyle quality. I highly recommend this to anybody. In fact, I have already.
-- Vernon, grandfather
After the procedure, I'm more able to wake up in the morning and get up and get moving quickly and exercise and not have to wait around a couple of hours to feel better. I am rested and ready to take on the day.
I also recently went back to work after 14 years, part time working at an elementary school. My quality of life has drastically improved. If you would ask my husband, he would also share that same sentiment. He says he enjoys waking up in the middle of the night now just to watch me breathe because I'm breathing peacefully, and I'm sleeping. I'm not waking up many times during the night, or not waking him up many times during the night, with my inability to breathe.
I would definitely recommend this procedure to anyone who's suffering with chronic sinus issues and allergies. It's life changing. It made a big difference in my life.
-- Karen, wife and mother
Before the procedure, I was having quite a bit of sinus pressure, congestion, drainage. I was having sinus infections maybe three to four times a year. I would typically complete a course of antibiotics, be OK for a few weeks, and then have to go back on the antibiotics again. And, I have taken literally, every decongestant that is on the market, antihistamines, nasal spray, whether it be a steroid nasal spray, or an antihistamine, or a decongestant nasal spray.
This is something that I have been dealing with most of my life, and it seemed like there was really no end to it. I decided to have the balloon dilation because I developed another sinus infection, and I just finally thought, "enough." I returned to normal activities in less than 24 hours after the procedure. I had the procedure on a Friday afternoon, and was at work the next morning around 7am.
Following the procedure, I was able to sleep so much better than prior to the procedure. I remember waking up with a refreshed feeling and feeling like I actually had energy. The procedure affected my quality of life in a positive way. It just gives you an overall sense of well-being and happiness.
Being able to sleep good, then wake up in the morning and feel energized, puts you in such a better mood for the entire day.
-- Cynthia, lifetime sinus sufferer