The Balloon sinuplasty procedure is a great way to deal with the chronic pain of sinusitis. Fortunately, this new technique is less invasive than traditional sinus procedures, which means the recovery process is also less intense. Today, more than 150,000 people have received the balloon sinuplasty procedure and gone on to live free of the discomfort caused by sinusitis.

Typical Recovery Time

Since balloon sinuplasty uses a tiny balloon to remodel your natural sinus openings rather than a scalpel, the typical recovery is much faster than a traditional sinuplasty. This is an in-office procedure administered with general anesthesia by our very own board-certified anesthesia provider with over 17 years of experience. While we recommend taking it easy for the first couple of days as you may have some swelling and drainage of your sinuses, you typically are able to return to work/school after 24 hours. The decision will ultimately depend on how you feel after the procedure is complete. 

Treatment Variations

Another important part of the recovery process is understanding that treatment varies from patient to patient. In some cases, balloon sinuplasty alone may be enough to relieve your sinusitis symptoms. However, the amount of tissue that is compacted by the balloon will depend on how many blockage areas you have. Thus, some patients will have more involved procedures than others. In addition, for extreme cases, balloon sinuplasty is used as part of a larger treatment regimen that may entail additional recovery time.

Balloon sinuplasty is a safe and effective means of dealing with sinusitis in patients of all ages. For the most part, there is minimal pain following the procedures and little need for pain medications.

Most patients are able to leave our office and return to work within two days after any residual swelling and drainage goes away. After the sinuses are healed, patients continue to report positive results even two full years after their procedure.

For more information regarding the procedure, check our Sinuplasty Frequently Asked Questions.

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