What is a Balloon Sinuplasty?
Sinusitis, more commonly known as sinus infections, is a widespread condition affecting 37 million Americans. When the sinus opening becomes blocked, preventing mucus from draining properly, it can cause inflammation, pain, and cold-like symptoms such as headaches, sore throat, congestion, and fatigue.
Sinusitis is most often caused by viral infections, but it can also be caused by nasal polyps, a deviated septum, or head trauma. Medications often work for many patients, but for others who continue to experience sinusitis — called chronic sinusitis — balloon sinuplasty may be the answer.
If you’re suffering from chronic sinus infections and other treatments and medications haven’t relieved your symptoms, you may be a candidate for the balloon sinuplasty procedure. This minimally-invasive, in-office surgical solution safely enlarges your sinus passages to open up your airway.
Why is a Balloon Sinuplasty Performed?
The more traditional methods of sinus surgical procedures often involve cutting and excision of bone and tissue, a process that may require a longer recovery periods.
In comparison, the balloon sinuplasty procedure is quick and relatively painless. It has a lower risk of complications or side effects. It is FDA-approved and considered a safe alternative to endoscopic sinus surgery.
How is the Balloon Sinuplasty Performed?
The in-office balloon sinuplasty procedure is typically a fast and straightforward outpatient option. Patients are given local or general anesthetic before a balloon catheter is inserted into the sinus cavity. Then, the surgeon will inflate the balloon, enlarging the sinus opening and widening the walls of the nasal passages.
A saline solution is sprayed into the cavity to flush out mucus and debris, then the catheter is then removed. The end result is open sinuses that enable normal breathing and drainage of fluids. Up to 95 percent of patients report a significant improvement in sinus symptoms following this procedure.
What Can I Expect After a Balloon Sinuplasty Procedure?
After your Balloon Sinuplasty procedure, you may feel tired, and you may experience some congestion for up to a week. You should avoid any strenuous activities and blowing your nose for a few days after the procedure.
Patients can expect to return home just a few hours after surgery, and most can return to typical activities within just a couple of days.Your surgical team at Texoma ENT & Allergy will provide you with full instructions and further information.