Sinusitis and sinus inflammation prevent mucus from draining properly and cause difficulty breathing, facial pain, runny nose and sore throat. Nasal decongestants, antibiotics and corticosteroids may work for most, but some people require a more permanent solution to treat their chronic sinus infections. An alternative to traditional surgery, Balloon Sinuplasty is minimally invasive and produces long-lasting results.
Learn more about this safe and effective method for reducing sinus symptoms.
What Are the Benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty?
Unlike traditional sinus surgery, Balloon Sinuplasty does not require any cutting to nasal tissue or bone. The minimally invasive procedure has a short recovery time and produces long-lasting results.
Numerous studies have found that patients report improved symptoms with minimal unanticipated side effects months following the procedure.
How Does it Work?
Performed right in the office, the procedure uses a flexible balloon catheter that is inserted into the inflamed sinus cavity. The balloon is then inflated to enlarge the sinus opening and expand the walls of the nasal passage.
A saline solution is sprayed into the cavity to rinse out any mucus and debris. The balloon is then deflated, and the catheter is removed, leaving the sinus to drain naturally.
Is it Safe?
Balloon Sinuplasty is considered very safe. Since its approval by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2005, the procedure has become one of the most popular types of sinus surgery.
Compared to traditional endoscopic sinus surgery, Balloon Sinuplasty has a:
- Lower risk of bleeding
- Shorter office stay
- Faster recovery time
- Reduced risk of post-operation infection
- Reduced risk of structural damage
- Reduced need for post-operation pain medication
Like any medical procedure, there are still some side effects. These include:
- Bloody drainage
- Nasal tenderness
How Long Is the Recovery Time?
Most people who undergo the procedure are able to return home a few hours after and can return to normal activities 24 to 48 hours later.
Your doctor will advise against blowing your nose immediately following surgery, and you should avoid strenuous activities for at least a week.
To learn more about the benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty or to schedule an appointment with your ear, nose and throat doctor, contact San Diego ENT today.