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Balloon Sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that helps open sinus passages. It has been shown to improve the pain and pressure associated with chronic sinusitis, as well as the symptoms of facial pain, pressure, headache and post nasal drip. This procedure is done under anesthesia, ensuring that patients have a more relaxing and positive experience, compared to a local anesthetic only. An anesthesia provider administers intravenous medications to keep patients sedated and comfortable. After the Balloon Sinuplasty procedure, the sinuses typically remain open, allowing the return of normal sinus drainage and relief of sinus pressure.
A balloon catheter is inserted into the inflamed sinus.
The balloon is inflated to expand the sinus openings.
Solution is sprayed into the infected sinus.
The system is removed, leaving the sinuses open.
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.
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.
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.
In the state of Texas, balloon sinuplasty cost can range anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000. This does not include the cost of any hospital facilities, prescriptions or follow-up appointments.If you will be paying for the procedure out of pocket, it is important that you ask your doctor about these additional costs so that you can prepare for the final bill. Fortunately, we are willing to work out a payment plan so you can get treatment today and start feeling better sooner rather than later.
The best way to know if your policy covers balloon sinuplasty is to call your insurance provider and ask. Either they will tell you that it is approved, or they will tell you that it is not covered and is in investigational proceedings to determine whether or not it is a viable treatment option. If it is approved, you are good to go.If it is not approved, you can still move forward by having your doctor submit a pre-authorization to begin the procedure. If the pre-authorization is declined, you and your doctor can submit an appeal to have the decision overturned.Contact us today and see how we can help you!