Balloon Sinuplasty: a Revolutionary Alternative to Traditional Sinus Surgery
Stop feeling exhausted because of your sinuses!
By now you know that there is a way to get rid of your sinus infections. The first step is to schedule an evaluation appointment with your ENT. Before going in to your consultation, however, it is sometimes helpful to have an idea of which questions you want to ask, to make the most informed decision possible.
Here are a few questions and answers about the procedure that can help you get on your way to long-lasting sinus relief.
What is Balloon Sinuplasty?
Balloon Sinuplasty is an outpatient procedure, which expands sinus openings to restore airflow, aid with drainage and provide relief and healing to those suffering with recurrent sinus infections. After locating the treatment area and applying local anesthesia, your ENT will place a small balloon device in the nose, inflate the device, which is shaped like a small balloon, to dilate the treatment area, and then deflate and remove the device.
How could opting to undergo the Balloon Sinuplasty procedure help me?
Patients who have trouble with chronic and recurrent sinusitis are significantly helped by opting for the procedure because their blocked sinus pathways can prevent effective drainage, airflow and healing from an infection. When medications and initial treatments have failed to relieve symptoms and inflammation in the past or when patients experience multiple sinusitis episodes, Balloon Sinuplasty may be the option that ultimately provides the relief they’ve been searching for. It is recommended that you consult with your doctor on this, as with any other medical condition, to determine the right path for treatment.
How long does this procedure take? What am I looking at in terms of recovery time?
Procedure length is dependent on your specific condition, and other medical factors such as your anatomy. To allow time for pretreatment preparation and post treatment examination, you should expect to spend around one and a half to two hours in our office. In general, recovery time varies with each patient. Most patients who undergo the in-office procedure can return to normal activities within two days.
What is the success rate for Balloon Sinuplasty in treating Chronic Sinusitis?
96% of patients undergoing a Balloon Sinuplasty procedure have reported drastic improvement and even total relief from their sinusitis symptoms. Since 2005, over 375,000 patients across America have been treated successfully with this procedure, bringing them long-lasting relief from sinus pain. On average, about 6 patients in every 100 will require another procedure.
What are some of the risks involved with Balloon Sinuplasty?
Balloon Sinuplasty is less invasive than traditional sinus surgery and has very minimal complication rate. Possible side effects can include some bleeding post-procedure, pain and swelling of the affected area; allergic reaction to medications administered during the procedure; and infection. There is also a small chance of mucosal/tissue damage from the expansion. Your doctor is the best person to determine if your condition presents any special risks, especially in consideration of your previous history.
Is Balloon Sinuplasty effective in treating snoring?
While it is a proven and safe technology to relieve obstructions associated with chronic sinusitis, Balloon Sinuplasty can not be expected to affect snoring.
Will my insurance or Medicare coverage pay for the Balloon Sinuplasty procedure?
Most insurance companies and Medicare will cover this procedure if it is found to be medically reasonable and necessary. You should contact your health care provider to learn if Balloon Sinuplasty is covered by your individual plan.