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What is Balloon Sinuplasty?

Balloon Sinuplasty
If you’ve felt the pain of sinusitis, you know it’s no fun. The facial pressure, headaches, stuffy nose and constant cough are symptoms that many people deal with year after year, and sometimes medications just don’t help. Luckily, there’s a chronic sinusitis treatment that offers relief without requiring major sinus surgery or a long recovery time.

Balloon Sinuplasty is a procedure that your doctor can often perform in his office to dilate or expand your sinus opening and drainage pathways. Since blocked nasal passages are often the culprit of sinus infections, opening up these passages allows drainage to flow as it should, relieving pressure and inflammation in your face and head.

How Balloon Sinuplasty Works

Your doctor will first locate the treatment area and apply local anesthesia to keep you comfortable during the procedure. Next, he’ll place a small balloon into your nostril, inflate the balloon to dilate the problem area, and then deflate and remove the balloon. The entire office visit only takes about two hours, and relief is almost instant.

Balloon Sinuplasty is Different from Other Types of Chronic Sinus Surgery

For some, the cause of recurrent sinusitis has to do with the structure of the nasal cavity, so the best bet for relief entails removing parts of bones or polyps that are blocking the drainage pathways. Traditional sinus surgery such as this is more invasive and requires general anesthesia in an operating room or at a surgical center, and there are risks involved such as excessive bleeding and cerebrospinal fluid leakage. Recovery time is also longer, with patients getting back to normal activities within a week, and full recovery can take up to 6 weeks.

Balloon Sinuplasty is a great option if your doctor believes your blockage could be relieved by simply dilating the drainage pathways. The procedure is short, often requires only local anesthesia, and patients can usually return to normal activities within 24 hours.

Sound Health Physicians Know Balloon Sinuplasty

Physicians at Sound Health are trained and experienced users of balloon sinus dilation technologies.

Call (314) 332-1377 to Find out If Balloon Sinus Dilation Could Be a Good Treatment Option for Your Sinusitis.