What is a Balloon Sinuplasty?
A balloon sinuplasty is used by otolaryngologists (E.N.T.s) to treat inflamed and/or blocked sinuses. The physician will insert a wire catheter into the effected sinus cavity. The catheter is used to place the balloon in the correct location, at which, the balloon is inflated. This inflation results in the sinus opening being dilated and restoring normal drainage.
What to Expect
The procedure can be handled typically in the physician office and will only require local anesthesia. It is a really common procedure to correct sinus drainage issues. The main reason for this is that are many benefits to utilizing a balloon sinuplasty over sinus surgery under most conditions.
Benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty
- Extremely safe: .1% complication rate
- It is as consistent in delivering results as sinus surgery
- Can provide effective treatment for: Chronic sinusitis, allergies, deviated septums, & asthma
- Does not require a hospital setting
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Not all patients may be good candidates for a balloon sinuplasty. During your initial consultation, we will discuss your problem and an examination will show us if we can perform the procedure. Common reasons to disqualify a candidate are: Eosinophilic disease, severe polyposis or fungal sinusitis, severe deviated septum, cystic fibrosis, or severe facial trauma.
One of the great things about a balloon sinuplasty is that recovery is extremely fast. Typically, you can return to work within two days.
Studies show that results last just as long as surgical procedures that are used to correct the same problem. The study followed patients for two years after the procedure.