Balloon Sinuplasty is a safe and effective in-office procedure that treats chronic sinusitis. The symptoms associated with chronic sinusitis often include sinus pressure and pain, headaches, frequent sinus infections, decreased sense of smell and unrelenting congestion. Sinusitis sufferers frequently benefit from the long-lasting effects of balloon sinuplasty.
Sinus surgeries have traditionally treated sinusitis by surgically removing parts of the actual facial bones and tissue to restructure the sinuses. Balloon Sinuplasty is much less invasive. Balloon Sinuplasty helps the sinuses drain better by expanding the passageways with a balloon, very similar to the technique used to dilate arteries in angioplasties.
Balloon Sinuplasty is performed in the comfort of your doctor’s office. Typically, only local anesthesia is needed for Balloon Sinuplasty, making it not only effective but also convenient and less costly than traditional sinus procedures done in the hospital. The procedure typically takes an hour or so depending on the number of sinuses that need expanding. Because only local anesthesia, given through a medicated nasal spray or light sedation with medication, is needed, recovery is quick compared to other sinus surgeries. Most of our clients return to work, school or other daily activities within a day or two.
During the Balloon Sinuplasty, a small flexible guidewire is inserted into the nasal passageways and gently guided up into the sinus. Then, a balloon made of medical grade material is inserted over the guidewire. Once in place, it is slowly expanded to widen the blocked sinus passageway. After the passageway from the sinus is expanded, the sinus is able to drain more effectively. Many sinus sufferers feel relief almost immediately.
After the desired effect is created, the balloon is simply deflated and gently removed, leaving the sinus restructured and properly functioning. Balloon Sinuplasty causes little to no discomfort, but some post-procedure swelling and congestion are to be expected. Within three to four weeks, the full benefits of the procedure will become even more apparent.