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Understanding the Cost of Balloon Sinuplasty

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Balloon sinuplasty has been heralded for revolutionizing sinus surgery since it was introduced more than a decade ago. Wondering what’s involved with balloon sinuplasty surgery and — perhaps more importantly — whether you can afford it? Here’s a closer look at this cutting edge procedure and what you can expect to pay for it.

About Balloon Sinuplasty

While acute sinusitis can usually be treated by primary care physicians, people with chronic sinusitis are often referred to otolaryngologists, AKA an ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctors. These specialists conduct more thorough exams aimed at determining how best to reduce the inflammation, drain the nasal passages, and identify and correct the underlying cause of the problem, such as allergies. When more conservative treatments don’t work, sinus surgery is often recommended.

The good news? While conventional sinus surgery uses an external incision that may lead to scarring, minimally-invasive balloon sinuplasty involves no removal of bones or tissue but is equally effective. In fact, according to a long-term analysis of balloon sinuplasty published in the academic journal, Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery, patients show “significant improvements” years after undergoing the procedure. Balloon sinuplasty surgery also boasts faster recovery times and without the complications associated with traditional surgery. (There’s a reason why its nickname is the “smart sinus” procedure.)

Wondering whether you’re a candidate for balloon sinuplasty? The American Sinus Institute’s Sinus Symptom Checker can help you make sense of your symptoms.

Balloon Sinuplasty Cost

Since it was cleared by the FDA in 2005, balloon sinuplasty has been performed on more than 150,000 patients — a number that’s growing by the day. Given its proven efficacy and positive outcomes, it’s hardly a surprise that so many people in the San Antonio, Texas region and all over the world are turning to this breakthrough procedure for relief from chronic sinusitis and its symptoms.

Balloon sinuplasty is not just preferable to traditional sinus surgery because it’s both safe and effective, it can also be more affordable. As an outpatient procedure, when balloon sinuplasty is performed in the doctor’s office under local or general anesthesia, you can expect to pay less than you would for sinus surgery performed in an operating room. You’ll also have less downtime following the surgery so you can return more quickly to your everyday life.

Plus, not only does Medicare’s sinus surgery insurance coverage include balloon sinuplasty, but many insurance carriers cover it, as well — especially given that the American Academy of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery stands behind its use and released a statement which “strongly encourages” all insurance carriers to cover it.

One last thing to keep in mind if you’re considering balloon sinuplasty surgery? In addition to being an investment in your sinus health, it’s also an investment in your overall wellness and quality of life. If you live in the San Antonio, Texas area and you’re ready to stop living with sinus pain and to start breathing freer, book an appointment today with the American Sinus Institute.

Why Choose American Sinus Institute – Dr. Honrubia

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Dr. Honrubia of American Sinus Institute explains what sets American Sinus Institute apart from other ENT doctors.

Video Transcript:

Dr. Vincent Honrubia: People often ask, “Why would I go to ASI [American Sinus Institute] to get my balloon sinuplasty versus another doctor’s office?” The answer to that is that the ASI office, yes an ENT office, but an ENT office that only does balloon sinuplasty. We have office space and offices dedicated to only doing that one procedure. When you go to an ASI facility, you’re getting surgeons that just do balloon sinuplasty. We believe we get better, more predictable outcomes, more predictable results, and provide the best patient care possible for people seeking treatment of chronic sinusitis that need balloon sinuplasty.


Did The Storm Stir Up Your Sinus Symptoms? – Houston Life on KPRC Click2Houston

Sinus problems after the hurricane balloon sinuplasty

Dr. Vincent Honrubia talks to Houston Life about how a storm stir up your sinus symptoms and the nonevasive procedure he recommends to fix them.

Video Transcript:

Derrick Shore – Here’s a live look outside from our Avenida-Houston cam; looking over Discovery Green folks. Welcome back to Houston Life. So, chronic sinus symptoms like headaches, facial pain and breathing problems can all affect your quality of life and unfortunately, the recent weather we’ve been having, maybe a hurricane or two could make those existing issues even worse.

Jennifer Broome – But there’s good news. There is a minimally invasive technology that could help put an end to your sinus pain. Dr. Vincent Honrubia with the American Sinus Institute is here with the details. Hi, Dr. Honrubia.

Dr. Vincent Honrubia – Hi! Thank you for having me.

Jennifer Broome – Okay let’s talk about this. Have you been noticing kind of an uptick in folks coming to see you since the storm and since our air quality has gotten so bad?

Dr. Vincent Honrubia – Yes, we have noticed that and also that this recent exposure to all this dirty water, people swimming out of restaurants, people moving around in the water. Put off their head under this water that has a lot of bacteria causing, lots of problems and a lot more complicated infections that people ordinarily wouldn’t be exposed to.

Derrick Shore – And in the beginning, I mean a lot of people didn’t really have a choice but to go through the water, I mean a lot of people were sort of recreating in the water. I don’t know if you saw those videos on YouTube of people like jumping in, waterskiing in it. But, some of those people may have residual issues as a result.

Dr. Vincent Honrubia – That’s correct. You know just like people are getting these chronic skin infections and things like that, the sinuses are open cavities that aren’t supposed to be exposed to this type of bacteria. And one of the things we do with this procedures not only we open and clean the sinuses, but we also rinse the sinuses out.

Jennifer Broome – So talk a little bit about the procedure because this is designed to be minimally invasive, this isn’t to give you a bunch of downtime, later.

Dr. Vincent Honrubia – Correct. This is a procedure done in the office that takes about 20 to 25 minutes. It’s done with anesthesia, with an anesthesia provider there, using small balloon catheters to go into the sinuses open the sinuses through their natural opening, and at the same time rinse out the chronic infection that sits in the sinus.

Derrick Shore – So, when you say anesthesia, you’re not like totally out right? It’s not general anesthesia?

Dr. Vincent Honrubia – It’s not general anesthesia. It’s IV sedation.

Derrick Shore – So you are awake during the process. We’re seeing some video actually behind you. So, as you mentioned that tiny little balloon flips up there.

Dr. Vincent Honrubia – Right, the tiny little balloon goes in. It then it opens the sinus by pushing away and creating space by compressing tissue in certain positions. And then after that’s done, we rinse it, clean the sinus out. So when you do have the procedure, this procedure in our office with the Honrubia technique, you are not conscious that you’re having the procedure so there’s no pain, no discomfort but people can return to work the next day. There’s no bleeding, there’s no bruising, there’s no indication you had a procedure done.

Jennifer Broome – How does somebody know, if what they’re going through it’s just kind of seasonal stuff, seasonal allergies or if they really do maybe need something like this?

Dr. Vincent Honrubia – Well, I think in the past before this incident, it was easy to tell because you’d be in a long-term situation where you’re chronically taking medications over and over. Now it’s gonna be very hard to tell especially if you didn’t have any sinus problems before and now you’re having a problem it’s gonna be hard to tell without having someone examine you, do a cat scan, study what’s going on if you really have some acute unusual bacteria, bacteria in your sinuses it’s hard to figure that out without professional advice.

Derrick Shore – And Dr. Honorubia, we’ve spoken you’ve been on the show before, but it’s interesting I’ve heard from your clients say I can’t believe I waited so long to do something like this, it made such a difference and I think many of us who maybe are a little adverse or averse rather, to having any sort of surgery done. This is an outpatient procedure, there’s no pain, you’ve done more than 3000 of these surgeries, so there’s really not a lot to worry about.

Dr. Vincent Honrubia – Right, not a lot to worry about. Covered by your insurance; not a lot to worry about. People turn to work very very soon after the procedure and we have a long track record of working well with the patients, getting good results, publishing our data. We’re very open about what we’re doing.

Derrick Shore – So instead of just continuing to live with the symptoms, people can go in, and actually we’re seeing some video right now of the office. I mean how much time would someone expect to pass until they’re breathing normally again?

Dr. Vincent Honrubia – People come in with this procedure, you see them they’re getting the cat scan on the TV, but what they do is they come in, they get scanned they get examined, the procedure like I said it happens in the mornings, often patients go to work the following day, some patients have gone to work the same day. That’s depending on how bad they want to go to work, but like I said, it’s a minimally invasive, effective way of treating your sinusitis. Getting you off medications, cleaning your sinuses out, give you a peace of mind that you can do well and have good results with a very minimally invasive procedure.

Jennifer Broome – Do you hear from people that this really is life-changing for them, you know from that life of the Sudafed and the Advil and all of that to keep the pain and pressure down and now they can breathe again?

Dr. Vincent Honrubia – I have patients that after they have the procedure they ask the nurse to lay them flat and they’ll breathe through their nose for the first time, laying flat and they’ll cry because I’ve never breathed through my nose laying flat, ever. Whenever I went to sleep, I was snoring, I couldn’t breathe. I’ve seen 250 pound men lay flat and start crying; I can breathe through my nose. So it is a very dramatic thing once your nose is open, you can breath better, less headaches, less drainage, less infections, better sleeping patterns.

Derrick Shore – You mentioned the headaches too, it’s not just about breathing. A lot of people have that pressure that leads to headaches, that really can distract you from your day and be debilitating.

Dr. Vincent Honrubia – That’s correct. So people that have chronic facial pain, headaches, drainage, even ear symptoms, ear popping, you do balloons with the ears as well. So there’s a variety of symptoms that you may not think connect to your sinuses but they are. Smell issues, headaches, sleeping problems, ear popping, sore throat, clearing the throat, all those can be related to the sinusis.

Derrick Shore – All connected. You guys are doing something really cool. You’re donating $10 of every co-pay toward the Harvey Relief Fund right?

Dr. Vincent Honrubia – Right, so we try to give some relief to the citizens of Houston. We’re taking $10 of each co-pay from each patient a donate the Hurricane Relief Fund here locally in Houston.

Jennifer Broome – And this is so easy. If you want more information, you want to talk about if this is right for you, you want to schedule an appointment, all you have to do is call 713-balloon, 713-225-5666. You can also visit online. You guys have a really informative website online at So that was really, it’s really helpful.

Derrick Shore – Yeah! worth looking into, for sure. Because I know when I moved to Houston I suddenly started having these issues.

Jennifer Broome – It’s a different world here. Air quality’s not the best, we have all these allergens and now these people have been in their houses cleaning out mold and drywall of the last couple of weeks.

Dr. Vincent Honrubia – Mold is a big deal in the sinuses; it’s a big deal, it’s bad. Sinuses do not like mold

Derrick Shore – Dr. Honrubia, thank you so much for stopping by.

Dr. Vincent Honrubia – Thank you for having me.

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