If you suffer from chronic sinusitis caused by allergies or infections, you may find relief by undergoing a Balloon Sinuplasty™. Here are some of the questions patients frequently ask about this procedure.
What is Balloon Sinuplasty?
Balloon Sinuplasty is a minimally-invasive, nonsurgical procedure designed to treat chronic sinusitis caused by blocked openings of the sinus cavities. It involves the guidance of a balloon into the sinus where it is then inflated, thereby enlarging the opening and allowing the sinus to drain. A Balloon sinuplasty is an outpatient procedure, and typically offers patients long-lasting results.
How Does Balloon Sinuplasty work?
During the procedure, your ENT doctor inflates small balloons in key areas of your sinus to reopen its pathways and restore drainage.
Who is a good candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty?
If you have symptoms of chronic sinusitis lasting longer than 12 years and you don’t respond well to antibiotics, nasal sprays, or other type of therapy, you are a good candidate for this procedure.
How effective is Balloon Sinuplasty?
Before undergoing Balloon Sinuplasty, many sinusitis patients complained of frequent headaches, pain and fatigue that had a negative impact on their daily activities. After undergoing the procedure, they have reported immediate and significant relief from their symptoms. In addition, almost all patients treated with Balloon Sinuplasty have reported no relapse of their symptoms for at least two years after the procedure.
What should I expect after Balloon Sinuplasty?
Because Balloon Sinuplasty is a minimally invasive, nonsurgical procedure, you are unlikely to report any negative side effects that are usually associated with traditional sinus surgery. Nevertheless, as with all medical treatments, there are some symptoms you should be aware of. All nasal and sinus surgeries tend to produce some blood drainage for a few days following the procedure. However, this drainage will lessen and cease quickly. You may also experience a minimal amount of swelling that feels similar to congestion. Fatigue is also common for about a week after your procedure.
How do I deal with any pain or discomfort following my Balloon Sinuplasty?
To relieve the sensation of being congested, you should sleep with your head elevated and take the antibiotics and steroid prescribed by your doctor as it will significantly reduce the risk of an infection developing and should help to decrease any lingering pain you may be experiencing.
Can I resume normal activities immediately following Balloon Sinuplasty?
Provided you haven’t received pre-op sedative medication, you should be good to go. You may even be capable of driving yourself home within 15 minutes after the procedure. Certain activity – including moderate exercise – is fine, but you should avoid any strenuous activity for one week. Also, you should refrain from blowing your nose for at least 24 hours following the procedure.
If you are interested in learning more about Balloon Sinuplasty and whether you could be a candidate, call the Nasal & Sinus Center in Austin, Texas at (512) 270-3286 or Lakeway, Texas at (512) 271-4371 to request an appointment, or request one online.