In-Office Balloon Sinuplasty (IOBSP) is the latest effort in a minimally invasive surgical procedure to resolve sinus disease that fails to respond to conservative medical treatment. The goal of any sinus surgery is to widen the openings to the sinuses so that they do not become blocked or inflamed. A blocked sinus will cause the typical pressure and pain associated with sinus infections. Widening these outflow tracts helps prevent the blockage that leads to sinus symptoms.
What is balloon sinuplasty?
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. 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.
balloon sinuplasty Procedure
Traditional sinus surgery involves removing bone and tissue, and can have a lengthy recovery. At The ENT & Allergy Centers of Texas, balloon sinuplasty requires no cutting or removal of any tissue or bone. Our ENT Specialists 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.
Who would benefit from balloon sinuplasty?
Everyone suffers from sinus congestion at times. Colds and flu inflame and clog the sinuses. But with chronic sinusitis, the symptoms are the norm, not the exception. These are the symptoms of sinusitis:
- Facial pain
- Tenderness and 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
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.
How long do results from balloon sinuplasty last?
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.
Is balloon sinuplasty 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.
Balloon Sinuplasty Recovery
Balloon sinuplasty has minimal recovery. Most patients can get right back to their typical activities within just a couple of days.
Does balloon sinuplasty 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.