Balloon Sinuplasty is an advanced surgical procedure used to treat sinusitis and other related problems through minimally invasive techniques.
This involves inserting a thin endoscope into the nose without disrupting the surrounding bone and tissue. A small balloon is then gently inflated to widen blocked passageways and allow for proper drainage of sinus fluid. Patients can benefit from less bleeding and shorter recovery times with balloon sinuplasty.
What to Expect
If you have exhausted all other treatments for your sinusitis, balloon sinuplasty may be for you. It is typically recommended for patients who have chronic sinusitits that persists despite antibiotic and steroid treatment. On the day of the procedure, Central Texas Sinus & Allergy’s specially trained physicians will spray your nose with decongestant spray and numbing medications in addition to local anesthesia. Using an endoscope, we will examine your nose and place the catheter in your sinus. Occasionally we may have to make a small puncture under the lip into the sinus. When we inflate the balloon, you will feel firm pressure and may hear a cracking sound, which is normal. After we inflate the balloon for 5-10 seconds, it is removed.
After the Procedure
Most patients are able to drive home 10-15 minutes after receiving a Balloon Sinuplasty. In fact, studies show that balloon sinuplasty has a 70% faster recovery than endoscopic sinus surgery. Following the procedure, many patients require little pain medication and returned to normal activity after an average of 1.6 days, compared to 4.8 days with traditional endoscopic surgery. Many studies show that the benefits of balloon sinuplasty last at least one to two years for over 95% of patients.
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