"Having this procedure has been life-altering."
It's been 12 weeks since Andy underwent a balloon sinuplasty and turbinate reduction at an ADVENT clinic. And it's the day he's handed a clean bill of health.
At this visit, Andy has a final scan and an exam with Dr. Handler who walks him through his results by sharing before and after imaging of his airways.
"The reality is, you could have had surgery on your septum, but you didn't need to because we treated other issues inside the nose," Dr. Handler explained. "We got the sinuses open, the turbinates smaller - and now, you're breathing better!"
Andy describes his procedures, and the recovery that followed, as a small sacrifice but an overall awesome experience that has changed his life.
"It felt much different than a traditional hospital or doctor or dental experience. And it doesn't feel like recovery anymore, it just feels like life."
Since his procedure Andy has been approached by multiple people in his life asking for more information. "It kind of happens in the shadows, but I tell them it's nothing to be ashamed of! Your nose just doesn't work like it should."
He highlights to them the promises of breathing better and better sleep.
Andy's Final Thoughts
"Having this done allowed me to take control of something I had struggled with. Something I had accepted for what it was.
"I'm enjoying my life the way I want to enjoy it. I feel comfortable and confident doing things I might not have otherwise done. That's huge. When I tell people that - again, I didn't know what it was going to be like, and it's so difficult to qualify it ... But today, life is just better."
Learn More About Treatment Options With ADVENT
Andy's story of mouth breathing, restless sleep, and daytime fatigue is not a unique one.
If you resonate with his challenges - unfocused and inactive at work, inability to keep up during activities you love, dependent on pain relievers to get you through the day - it may be time for you to address the root cause of your problems.
It can be easy to speculate the reasons, or to make up excuses to put it off, but whether you're 26, 66, or 36 like Andy, you can get years back to you life by treating your breathing issues. And ADVENT can help.
If you're struggling to breathe like Andy was -- waking up feeling like you haven't slept at all, constantly taking pills to cure your morning headache, unable to breathe through your nose -- schedule your appointment with an ADVENT Sleep and Sinus Specialist today. You will be thanking yourself tomorrow!
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