Balloon Sinuplasty Treatment
Chris Monroe from 104.7 The Fish tells of his ENT Institute experience.
What is Balloon Sinuplasty?
Balloon sinus dilation is a minimally invasive treatment for chronic sinusitis. In a balloon sinus dilation procedure, your physician uses a small balloon to expand the sinus opening to restore sinus drainage.
Balloon sinus dilation is a comfortable procedure that can be performed right here in our office. The local anesthesia offers instant and lasting relief. This treatment can also reduce your costs compared to alternative procedures.
Will the procedure require any anesthesia?
Balloon sinus dilation can be performed under local anesthesia in an office. Under certain circumstances, balloon sinus dilation may also be used in combination with modern sinus surgery tools, therefore, it may be performed in an operating room under general anesthesia.
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Office based procedures performed under local anesthesia allows you to avoid the negative effects, costs, or risks associated with general anesthesia.
Blocked sinus drainage pathways can prevent effective drainage and healing. When first line medication therapies fail to resolve symptoms and inflammation, balloon sinus dilation may be an appropriate treatment option.
The goal of balloon sinuplasty is to expand the drainage pathways in order to promote healing. After locating the treatment area and applying local anesthesia, your physician will place then inflate the small balloon to dilate the treatment area, then deflate and remove the balloon.
Many patients can resume normal activities immediately. Your doctor may recommend you refrain from strenuous activities (such as heavy lifting) for a week after treatment.
As with any medical intervention, potential risks and complications exist with balloon sinus dilation. All patients should consult their doctors to determine if their conditions present any specific risks. Possible side effects include, but not limited to, post-operative bleeding, pain and swelling, allergic reaction to anesthesia or other medications administered during the procedure, or infection.
Only your physician can tell you if balloon sinus dilation is a viable option to treat your sinusitis. Experience has shown that many patients with recurring or persistent sinusitis can be treated with balloon sinus dilation.
The specialists here will discuss your options for payment, although the insurance provider will have final say on what costs are transferred to you.