The balloon sinuplasty is a type of endoscopic nasal procedure. This procedure helps treat people who suffer from chronic sinusitis and other related conditions by using a small balloon catheter to help drain the large nasal sinuses. This procedure will decrease the pressure behind your eyes, nose, and lower forehead.
Balloon sinuplasty offers a long-lasting solution for those who suffer from chronic sinusitis. Although the procedure is celebrated, there are a few myths and rumors out there that may scare potential clients. Here are five surprising facts about balloon sinuplasty to debunk the myths and help eliminate anxiety.
Balloon Sinuplasty Is Painless
Balloon sinuplasty is performed in the office under local and general anesthesia. You won’t experience any pain during the procedure. After your procedure, you may experience an uncomfortable or mild irritation, but your doctor will prescribe you an anti-inflammatory to ensure the healing process is comfortable. Also, it’s important to note that the procedure does not require any nasal packing or gauze because it won’t cause much bleeding.
Balloon Sinuplasty Improves Quality of Life
Since 2005, balloon sinuplasty has been the go-to procedure for those who suffer from chronic sinus issues. The procedure’s purpose is to open your nasal cavity to ensure that you get proper airflow and drainage—to prevent congestion and inflammation. After the procedure, you will have fewer-to-no issues with your sinuses. Thus, improving your quality of life.
Balloon Sinuplasty Has a Short Recovery Time
Most people go home a few hours after the balloon sinuplasty procedure and return to their daily routine after a day or two. Sinuplasty may cause tiredness, congestion, grogginess, or drainage for about a week. The only thing the doctor asks you not to do is blow your nose after the procedure and not do any rigorous activities for about a week. It’s best to sleep and rest for a couple of days; after about a week, you will return to normal.
Most Insurance covers Balloon Sinuplasty
In 2014, the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head, and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS), released a statement calling for all insurance companies to consider balloon sinuplasty a standard cover service. Although a few medical insurances still consider this procedure an elective procedure, some insurance companies will pay for it with a medical approval process.
We hope that these five surprising facts about balloon sinuplasty ease your nerves. At Allergy & ENT Associates, we offer the highest quality ear, nose, and throat services available in the Houston area, including balloon sinuplasty. If you think you’re a candidate for the procedure, book an appointment online or over the phone.