Until recently, chronic sinusitis sufferers were limited to invasive sinus surgeries or the constant use of medications to mask symptoms. Now, thanks to modern medical advancements, there’s a treatment that can be performed in-office, under local anesthesia, with little to no downtime called Balloon Sinuplasty.
The balloon sinuplasty procedure is fast, comfortable, and convenient and delivers long-term relief by effectively opening your sinus pathways. You’ll notice clearer breathing, improved sleep, fewer sinus infections, and a better quality of life, all without the need to constantly medicate.
Delivering long lasting relief, Dr. Patel will reshape your sinus pathways by inflating small balloons in key places in the nose and sinuses, restoring drainage.
Am I a candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty?
If you meet one or more of the following criteria, you may be a candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty:
- Recurrent and/or chronic sinusitis: patients that have been treated for multiple sinus infections with multiple antibiotics, failed treatment with nasal sprays, failed treatment with nasal lavages (washing/rinsing), and have symptoms of facial/sinus pressure and discomfort
- Nasal congestion due to sinusitis and inflammation of the nasal passages and sinus openings
- Abnormal sinus anatomy that prevents normal drainage and ventilation of the sinuses
- Nasal/Sinus/Facial pressure or pain due to chronic or recurrent sinusitis
- Any condition of the nasal or oral airway that may cause chronic or recurrent sinusitis
How Does Balloon Sinuplasty Work?
- Dr. Patel will place a small balloon in the sinus opening
- The balloon is gently inflated for about five seconds to expand the opening and restore drainage
- The balloon is deflated and removed
- Dr. Patel will treat the next sinus passageway as needed
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Balloon Sinuplasty FAQs:
Is Balloon Sinuplasty Covered by Insurance?
- Balloon Sinuplasty is accepted by most insurance providers.
Is there downtime after the procedure?
- Down time and the concern of missing work is a common deterrent for sinus sufferers to pursue sinus surgery. Fortunately, this procedure is done in office under local sedation, takes only around 25 minutes, and you can get back to work the same day! It gently expands the natural sinus openings to fix underlying drainage problems. There is no packing or gauze either!
What does balloon sinuplasty feel like?
- Local anesthetic is used, so you will be awake during the procedure and comfortable. You will feel some pressure when the balloon is gently inflated in your sinus passage and you may hear a crackling sound.
Will I feel pain from the procedure?
- Many people report little discomfort during the procedure and after.
How long does balloon sinuplasty take?
- Balloon sinuplasty typically takes about one hour.
What does the doctor do during the procedure?
After applying the anesthetic and waiting for about 20 minutes, the doctor will:
- Place a small balloon in the sinus opening
- Gently inflate the balloon for about five seconds to expand the opening and restore drainage
- Deflate and remove the balloon
- Treat the next sinus as needed
If you or a loved one is interested in long term sinus relief, call Dr. Patel’s office for your no-cost consultation to see if you are eligible for Balloon Sinuplasty: 219-769-6673