What is Balloon Sinuplasty?
Non-surgical medical therapies don’t always help patients suffering from chronic symptoms such as nasal congestion and sinus pressure. It is estimated that approximately 37 million people experience chronic sinusitis in the United States. Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive in-office treatment option we are proud to offer.
What does balloon sinuplasty treat?
Balloon sinuplasty has been developed to help patients with chronic sinusitis or recurrent acute sinusitis decrease the frequency and severity of their symptoms. A patient experiencing recurrent sinusitis especially more than 4 or more episode a year should consider seeing a specialist.
What is Sinusitis?
Sinusitis is swelling and inflammation of the sinus cavities. This condition may coincide with a cold or flu, in which case sinusitis is described as acute. A patient is considered to have chronic sinusitis if sinus symptoms continue for 12 or more weeks and do not respond to medical treatments such as nasal sprays or medication.
Chronic sinusitis may originate with an infection in the sinus cavities, a deviated septum, or nasal polyps, which are small growths in the nasal passages. In such circumstances, mucus builds up in the sinuses, causing several symptoms. These include:
- Congestion which makes it difficult to breathe through the nose.
- Postnasal drip or thick nasal discharge.
- Diminished sense of taste and smell.
- Pain and swelling around the nose, cheeks, eyes, and forehead.
- A persistent cough or a sore throat.
- Bad breath.
- A sensation of aching in the upper teeth and jaw area.
- A cough
Advantages of Balloon Sinuplasty
While more invasive sinus surgeries are available (and indicated for some patients), balloon sinuplasty is an attractive and very successful procedure that can be performed without any incisions or removal of bone. More than 330,000 patients have undergone balloon sinuplasty since 2005, according to BalloonSinuplasty.com.
Many of our patients enjoy the advantages that an in-office, minimally invasive procedure can provide. For example, the procedure requires only local anesthesia. They can have the procedure in a comfortable and familiar environment. The cost is lower than sinus surgeries and the recovery time is typically minimal. Most patients find they can recover in about two days and return to their normal activities.
Candidates for Balloon Sinuplasty Procedure
Not everyone is a candidate for balloon sinuplasty. Some people’s sinus passages cannot be successfully enlarged through the procedure. Our ENT experts take patient selection very seriously and will provide a thorough evaluation to determine if balloon sinuplasty could help a patient’s symptoms.
Balloon Sinuplasty Procedure
The in-office procedure is conducted with a local and topical anesthetic to numb the nasal passages. A small, thin guide catheter with a balloon is inserted through the nostril to the opening of the sinus cavity to open up the blocked sinus. Once the blocked area is carefully identified, the balloon catheter is sent along the guide catheter to the appropriate position in the blocked sinus. It is then inflated slowly to encourage the sinus to drain slowly relieving the blocked sinus allowing drainage to occur. This procedure takes about an hour in the office and the results are immediate and can last several years.
For those patients that are concerned about not being to tolerate the BSP procedure under local anesthesia several of our locations offer this procedure in office with general anesthesia.
Is Balloon Sinuplasty A Permanent Treatment?
Factors such as the extent of sinus disease affect the outcome of balloon sinuplasty. Many patients enjoy permanent results from just one procedure. However, it is possible that some patients will need repeat treatment in the future.
Schedule a Consultation
If you would like more information regarding any of these procedures please call our central appointment desk (713) 697-4687 and schedule an appointment with one of our ENT specialists.