What is Balloon Sinuplasty?
Balloon Sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat chronic sinusitis. It is a safe and effective option for patients who have not found relief with other treatments.
In this procedure, Dr. Schleimer uses a small, flexible balloon catheter to open up blocked sinus passages. The catheter is inserted through the nostrils and guided to the sinus opening. The balloon is then inflated, which widens the sinus passage, allowing better drainage and easier breathing.
Frequently Asked Questions about Balloon Sinuplasty:
Patients who suffer from chronic sinusitis and have not found relief with medication or other treatments may be good candidates for Balloon Sinuplasty.
Most patients experience minimal discomfort during the procedure. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia, which means the patient is awake but does not feel any pain.
Most patients are able to return to normal activities within 24 hours after the procedure. Some patients may experience mild discomfort or pressure in the sinus area for a few days following the procedure.
Studies have shown that Balloon Sinuplasty is a safe and effective treatment option for chronic sinusitis. In one study, 95% of patients reported improvement in their sinus symptoms following the procedure.
As with any medical procedure, there are risks associated with Balloon Sinuplasty. However, the risks are minimal, and serious complications are rare. Your otolaryngologist will discuss the potential risks with you before the procedure.
The procedure usually takes between 30 and 60 minutes, and patients are usually able to go home the same day.
Most patients are able to return to work the day after the procedure, although this may vary depending on the patient’s individual situation.