Do you suffer from chronic sinusitis? Before resigning yourself to a lifetime of antihistamines, decongestants and antibiotics, you should know there is a minimally invasive procedure that provides lasting relief. Balloon sinus surgery opens up airways to allow air and fluids to pass through the area more easily. As a result, you will experience less congestion, easier breathing and fewer sinus problems than before.
Who Could Benefit from Balloon Sinuplasty?
When they are working properly, your sinuses provide passages for air and fluids to travel from your nasal passages down into your throat and lungs. However, a number of people have either narrow sinuses or areas in their sinuses that are blocked completely by excess tissue. When this happens, it is harder for your sinuses to drain properly. You get congested more easily when the sensitive tissue inside your sinuses gets irritated and inflamed. The result is worse symptoms when you have allergy attacks, longer and more severe respiratory infections and even frequent sinus problems like chronic sinusitis.
What to Expect the Day of Balloon Sinuplasty
Balloon sinuplasty is far less invasive than older sinus procedures. This procedure is performed on an outpatient basis. The procedure itself is simple and takes around 20 minutes. You will be lightly sedated to keep you comfortable during the procedure. There is no need to have tissue removed. Instead, a small catheter is inserted into nasal passages. Then, a balloon is inflated to open up and expand nasal sinuses.
Balloon sinuplasty recovery time is far shorter than recovery time for traditional surgery for sinus problems. There is minimal loss of bone or tissue. Most people have minimal pain after balloon sinuplasty. In most cases, there is a minimal amount of bloody drainage or bleeding for a few days after the procedure. Congestion or tenderness in your cheeks, forehead or nasal passages is normal and goes away within a few days. Most people are able to return to their regular activities within one to two days after surgery. Over the counter anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen can help with any post-procedure pain or inflammation.
How Your Sinuses Will Improve After Balloon Sinuplasty
While balloon sinuplasty is still a relatively new procedure, it is considered extremely effective at reducing sinus issues. People who have this procedure find they are able to breathe easier afterward than they were before they had the sinuplasty. They are less likely to suffer from sinus headaches, congestion and issues like sinusitis. The sinuses stay open, which means you are less likely to suffer the sinus complaints that brought you to our practice. Most people who have the procedure say they would recommend balloon sinuplasty to others and would choose to have the procedure if they had to make the choice again. Over 150,000 people have received the procedure, and most suffer mild or no complications.
Could balloon sinuplasty offer the lasting relief you have been looking for? We can help. Get in touch today for a consultation.