Balloon sinuplasty is an FDA-approved advanced treatment option to relieve the symptoms of chronic sinusitis. This minimally invasive procedure uses a thin, flexible balloon catheter that is placed in the nose and gradually inflated to relieve blockages in the nasal passage by gently restructuring the bones in the nose. It restores normal sinus function while maintaining the lining of the sinus and keeps post-operative pain and bleeding at a minimum.
Benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty
This procedure can offer patients benefit as an alternative to conventional sinus surgery. When conventional surgery is recommended, it is often because the patient needs bone or tissue removed from their sinuses. The patient may also need reconstruction of the nasal bone structure, as well.
A balloon sinuplasty is a great option for patients that do not need bone or tissue removed from their sinuses, or extensive reconstruction, in order to achieve relief.
Because it is less invasive, the recovery time is significantly less for balloon sinuplasty over conventional surgery. This means that the risk of complications is also significantly less (virtually non-existent).
How is Balloon Sinuplasty performed?
Balloon sinuplasty can be safely performed as an in-office procedure under a combination of local and mild sedation in most patients. The average procedure takes one hour to perform, and patients can return home shortly after. After balloon sinuplasty, most patients can return to work and other normal activities within 24 hours.
Most patients enjoy significant relief from their sinus symptoms after undergoing balloon sinuplasty.
What are the risks of a Balloon Sinuplasty?
There are no serious risks or complications involved with the balloon sinuplasty procedure. It is FDA-approved for the treatment of sinus conditions and has been safely performed on thousands of patients across the world.
You can learn more about this procedure and if it is right for you by scheduling a consultation with an experienced doctor.