Questions to Ask Your Doctor

If you have been diagnosed with chronic sinusitis, or if you have multiple sinus infections per year that are not helped with medication, you may find it helpful to talk to your primary doctor or an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist about additional treatment options. Below are some questions to help guide that conversation.

  • Based on my symptoms and the length of time I’ve suffered, do I have chronic sinusitis?
  • What medication do you prescribe for chronic sinusitis, and how long will I need to take medication?
  • What are the effects of my continuing to take this medication for my symptoms?
  • What are my treatment options, including natural remedies, medication, and surgery?
  • At what point does it make sense for me to consider treatment options beyond medicine?
  • Am I a candidate for surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty?
  • What’s the anticipated outcome of Balloon Sinuplasty?
  • What kind of anesthesia is required for Balloon Sinuplasty?
  • Is there an option to perform Balloon Sinuplasty here in your office, using local anesthesia?
  • How many Balloon Sinuplasty procedures have you performed?
  • What is your experience with Balloon Sinuplasty?
  • What kind of outcomes have you had with the procedure?
  • How satisfied have patients been who have undergone Balloon Sinuplasty?
  • What is the reason that Balloon Sinuplasty is necessary at this time?
  • What are the options if Balloon Sinuplasty is not done?
  • What can I expect to continue to do to treat my condition if I elect not to have this procedure done now?
  • What is the recovery process after Balloon Sinuplasty?
  • How long will I need to miss work / school / normal activities?
  • What are the risks associated with Balloon Sinuplasty?
  • Can you share your other patients’ experiences with Balloon Sinuplasty?
  • Are there other patients that I can talk to?
  • How can I find out if my insurance will cover Balloon Sinuplasty?

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