What is a Balloon Sinuplasty Procedure?

For those suffering from chronic sinus infections, balloon sinuplasty offers the hope of permanent relief. The procedure is more effective at achieving long-term relief of symptoms than regular sinus drugs, while also being far less invasive than traditional sinuplasty surgery. Many people are choosing balloon sinuplasty to overcome their sinus issues and have a healthier, happier life.

What is Sinuplasty?

Sinuplasty is a procedure that usually involves surgically opening the sinuses and draining mucus and pus. Traditionally this process also included removing sections of sinus tissue in order to widen the sinus passages permanently and allow for better drainage. Patients who experience ongoing sinus infections are usually good candidates for the procedure as long as they do not suffer from a deviated septum or other unusual symptoms. Read our patient’s most frequently asked questions.

Balloon Sinuplasty

Balloon Sinuplasty is a more advanced form of the original sinuplasty procedure. Instead of removing significant portions of sinus tissues, this method employs a tiny balloon that is placed in the area of the blocked sinuses and slowly inflated. As the balloon inflates, it compacts the walls of your sinuses and widens the passage, which is then flushed with a saline solution. In general, this procedure takes far less time than a traditional sinuplasty surgery and recovery time is drastically reduced.

Benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty

In addition to the reduced recovery time required by balloon sinuplasty, there are a number of other benefits as well. The process is typically less expensive than traditional procedures, there are fewer risks involved since there is less cutting, and the overall discomfort experienced by the patient is minimized. This procedure can be done as an outpatient service in less than an hour, and the need for gauze packing is eliminated.

Results

In general, balloon sinuplasty is regarded as equally effective as traditional sinuplasty surgery and safe for children. The results are felt immediately following the procedure and continue to improve as the swelling goes away.

Balloon sinuplasty surgery is becoming one of the most common procedures for those suffering from sinus infections. Your doctor can provide more information about whether or not this procedure is right for you based on your symptoms.

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