What is Balloon Sinuplasty?
Balloon Sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure for opening up blocked nasal passages. Using endoscopic technology, the ear, nose, and throat (ENT) surgeon will insert a sinus balloon into the nose through a thin, flexible tube. The balloon is gently inflated and opens up the sinus passage without any incisions, cutting, or removal of bone or cartilage.
What to Expect
The procedure can be handled typically in the physician office and will only require local anesthesia. It is a really common procedure to correct sinus drainage issues such as chronic sinusitis. Balloon Sinuplasty is popular due to the many benefits it offers over a more invasive sinus surgery under most conditions.
Benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty
- Extremely safe: .1% complication rate
- It is as consistent in delivering results as sinus surgery
- Can provide effective treatment for: Chronic sinusitis, allergies, deviated septa, & asthma
- Does not require a hospital setting
- Quick recovery time
If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact our office or send us an email.
Frequently Asked Questions About Balloon Sinuplasty
Who is not a good candidate for a balloon sinus dilation?
Not all patients seeking sinus surgery may be good candidates for a balloon sinuplasty. During your initial consultation, we will discuss your problem and an examination will show us if we can perform the procedure.
Common reasons to disqualify a candidate are: Eosinophilic disease, severe polyposis or fungal sinusitis, severe deviated septum, cystic fibrosis, or severe facial trauma.
What kind of recovery time should I expect?
One of the great things about a balloon sinuplasty is that recovery is extremely fast. Typically, you can return to work within two days.
If you have any additional questions about sinuplasty or sinus surgery in general, feel free to contact our office or send us an email.
How long do the results last?
Studies show that results last just as long as surgical procedures that are used to correct the same problem. The study followed patients for two years after the procedure.
Sinus Surgery for Better Health and Sleep
By correcting chronic sinusitis, balloon sinuplasty can allow you be breathe better, improving your sleep, exercise capacity, and overall health and well being.
Located in Chattanooga, TN, Dr. Daniel Barker is a board certified ENT surgeon experienced with all aspects of sinus surgery. Contact us today to find out whether balloon sinuplasty would be right for you.