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Balloon sinuplasty is one of the newest, least invasive alternatives to traditional sinus surgery to open blocked sinus passageways and restore normal sinus drainage. The FDAapproved procedure utilizes a small, flexible balloon to open and restructure nasal passageways which may alleviate sinus headaches, fatigue and congestion. The balloon catheter is gently inserted into the problem region and inflated, restricting and widening the walls of the sinus passageway.
Advantages of balloon sinuplasty over traditional sinus surgery include:
- Less discomfort
- A faster recovery time
- no removal of bone or tissue
- minimal bleeding
What is involved in a balloon sinuplasty procedure?
A small, flexible balloon catheter (similar to those used to open blocked arteries) is inserted into the nasal passage. The balloon is then inflated to open narrowed or blocked sinus passages.
Using this technique, our physicians can reopen sinus pathways, restore drainage, and deliver immediate relief to chronic sinusitis sufferers. A physician can treat several blocked sinus pathways in a single procedure.
How long does a balloon sinuplasty procedure take?
Balloon sinus dilation can usually be completed in a little longer than one hour.
What are the benefits of balloon sinuplasty?
Balloon sinus dilation is a non-invasive procedure which can be performed in our office. Some benefits include:
- Lasting relief from sinusitis symptoms
- Reduced facial pain and pressure
- Improved sleep
- Better ability to perform day-to-day activities
- Reduced use of antibiotics
Is balloon sinus dilation painful?
A local anesthetic is used to numb the area around your nose. While some minor bleeding may occur, patients usually say the procedure creates a brief sensation of pressure rather than pain.
How long does it take to recover from a balloon sinuplasty procedure?
Most patients are able to drive home after the procedure. A resumption of normal activities typically takes place within two to three days.
Will balloon sinuplasty provide permanent relief?
The effectiveness of balloon sinus dilation varies from patient to patient and depends largely on their sinus condition. The procedure typically provides long-term relief, although follow-up visits may be required within one or two years.