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Balloon Sinuplasty: An Innovative Procedure for Chronic Sinusitis

Updated: Apr 25, 2023

By Dr. Andrew S. Florea MD - Corona California


Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that has revolutionized the treatment of chronic sinusitis. This innovative technique uses a small balloon catheter to widen the openings of the sinuses, allowing for improved drainage and easier breathing.


In this article, we will discuss the benefits of balloon sinuplasty, how it works, and what to expect during the procedure.


Typically performed under local anesthesia and takes less than an hour to complete. The procedure involves the following steps:

  1. A small balloon catheter is inserted into the nasal passage.

  2. The balloon is gently inflated, which opens up the blocked sinus passageway.

  3. A saline solution is then sprayed into the sinuses to flush out any mucus or debris.

  4. The balloon is deflated and removed, leaving the sinus passageway open.


There are several benefits over traditional sinus surgery, including:

  1. Minimally invasive: Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that requires only local anesthesia. This means less pain and a faster recovery time.

  2. Quick recovery: Most patients are able to return to work and resume normal activities within a day or two after the procedure.

  3. Reduced risk of complications: It is minimally invasive, there is a reduced risk of complications compared to traditional sinus surgery.

  4. Improved quality of life: Can significantly improve the quality of life for patients with chronic sinusitis by reducing symptoms such as nasal congestion, facial pain, and headaches.


Who is a Candidate?

Balloon sinuplasty is typically recommended for patients with chronic sinusitis that has not responded to other treatments such as medication or nasal irrigation. Patients with a deviated septum or nasal polyps may also be good candidates for the procedure.


What to Expect During the Procedure

Relatively painless procedure that takes less than an hour to complete. Most patients are able to go home the same day and resume normal activities within a day or two. However, some patients may experience mild discomfort, swelling, or bleeding for a few days after the procedure.


Risks and Complications

While this procedure is considered a safe and effective procedure, there are some risks and potential complications to be aware of. These may include:

  1. Bleeding

  2. Infection

  3. Damage to the sinuses or surrounding structures

  4. Nasal obstruction

  5. Pain or discomfort

It is important to discuss the risks and benefits with Dr. Florea to determine if it is the right treatment option for you.


Conclusion

Balloon sinuplasty is a safe and effective procedure for treating chronic sinusitis. It is minimally invasive and offers a quick recovery time, making it an attractive alternative to traditional sinus surgery.


If you suffer from chronic sinusitis that has not responded to other treatments, balloon sinuplasty may be a good option for you. Talk to Dr. Florea to learn more about this innovative procedure and whether it is right for you.

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