When a patient has chronic sinusitis, it can seem as if every day is filled with sinus headaches, facial pain, tenderness around the eyes, and a host of other symptoms. For chronic sinusitis sufferers, there have long been two options: keep using endless nasal sprays and antibiotics, or resort to sinus surgery to remove bone and tissue to open the nasal passages. But just over a decade ago a new, non-invasive option changed everything —balloon sinuplasty.
What is balloon sinuplasty?
In-Office Balloon Sinuplasty (IOBSP) is a minimally invasive surgical procedure to resolve sinus disease which fails to respond to other medical treatments. In this procedure, a tiny balloon is placed into the nose to reach the blocked sinuses and then inflated to open the sinus passages. The procedure is safe, effective, and makes for a quick recovery. The goal of any sinus surgery is to widen the opening of the sinuses so they do not become blocked or inflamed. A blocked sinus can cause the typical pressure and pain associated with sinus infections. By widening these outflow tracts, this helps prevent the blockage that leads to sinus symptoms.
Ideal Candidates for Ballon Sinusplasty
At The ENT & Allergy Centers, we try to correct your sinusitis with saline or steroid nasal sprays, along with antibiotics. But studies have shown that at least 20 percent of chronic sinusitis sufferers don’t respond to conservative treatments. Those patients would benefit from nasal surgery or non-invasive balloon sinusplasty. Everyone suffers from sinus congestion at times, but with chronic sinusitis, the symptoms can impact a person’s day-to-day life. These are the symptoms of sinusitis:
- Facial pain
- Swelling around the eyes, cheeks, nose, and forehead
- Sinus pressure or congestion
- Difficulty breathing through the nose
- Loss of sense of smell or taste
- Sinus headaches
- Yellow or green mucus from the nose
- Teeth pain
- Sore throat from nasal discharge
- Bad breath
“Dr. James was thorough and kind, he walked me through every step of the procedure. He has wonderful bedside manner.” -P A.
How Is Balloon Sinusplasty Performed?
Traditional sinus surgery involves removing bone and tissue and can have a lengthy recovery. A balloon sinuplasty requires no cutting or removal of any tissue or bone. One of our skilled ENT’s can perform balloon sinuplasty either in-office with local anesthetic or with general anesthesia. Although there is not a “standard” timeframe for this procedure, most of our patients need just over an hour in the operating room.
After the patient is anesthetized, a small, flexible balloon catheter is inserted through the nose into the inflamed sinus. The balloon is then inflated to slowly expand the constricted sinus passage. The balloon widens the walls of the sinus passageway but doesn’t affect the integrity of the sinus lining. Once the balloon has been inflated, a saline solution is sprayed through the catheter into the inflamed sinus cavity. This flushes out pus and mucus buildup. This will drain out through the now-open passageway. The balloon is then deflated, the catheter removed, and the procedure is complete.
Balloon Sinuplasty Results
As with any procedure, results vary by the individual patient, but in a clinical study of 1,036 balloon sinuplasty patients, their sinus symptoms improved in 95 percent of the patients nine months after their procedure. Another study showed symptom improvement up to two years afterwards.
Recovery After Balloon Sinusplasty
After the surgery, patients may feel tiredness, grogginess, and congestion for up to a week. Avoid blowing your nose for a few days after the procedure and strenuous activities.
How Soon Can I Return To Regular Activities After Balloon Sinusplasty?
Balloon sinuplasty has minimal recovery and patients can return home a few hours after surgery. Most patients can get right back to their typical activities within just a couple of days.
Is Balloon Sinusplasty Safe?
To date, over 350,000 patients worldwide have had balloon sinuplasty. Because the procedure does not involve any cutting of tissue or bone, there is no risk of bleeding. There are minor risks of mucus tissue trauma, infection, and possible optic injury, but these are rare. We’ll discuss these potential risks with you during your consultation.
Does sinuplasty Surgery limit my future treatment options?
Balloon sinuplasty doesn’t limit any future treatment options or needs.
Schedule a Consultation
If you feel like you may be suffering from severe sinus infections and want to know more information about our in-office balloon sinuplasty procedure, contact our office today at 972.984.1050 to schedule a consultation. Our practice serves McKinney, Plano, Allen and surrounding areas in Texas.