Many patients wonder what the balloon sinuplasty procedure is and how effective it can be. For those who have tried other solutions to their sinus issues and have not seen improvement, balloon sinuplasty may be well worth considering.
What Is Balloon Sinuplasty?
Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive medical procedure used to treat recurring sinus infections and inflammation in a patient.
First, a small balloon is placed into the nasal cavity, slightly widening the sinus opening. The balloon is then deflated and removed after widening the sinus opening.
The procedure is performed under general anesthesia, so you don’t need to worry about potential discomfort like with other surgeries.
The sinus opening becoming wider allows for better drainage. Poor drainage is the leading cause of recurring inflammation and infections in the sinuses.
What Is Balloon Sinuplasty Recovery Like?
Balloon sinuplasty is a quick procedure with relatively low risk. After the procedure, you’ll be able to go home that same day. You may experience mild discomfort in the days after. These can be treated with common over-the-counter medicines such as ibuprofen.
You will need to be diligent about nasal hygiene after the procedure and for a few days. Saline nasal rinses keep the sinuses free of any mucus or debris that may build up.
Balloon sinuplasty does not leave any visible tells of the procedure during recovery. You may experience temporary discomfort, but there will not be any scars, bruising, or other visual clues to the surgery.
Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure, so it does not have the same physical and visual effects as other surgeries.
Is Balloon Sinuplasty Permanent?
Balloon sinuplasty is typically a permanent procedure. If pre- and postoperative directions are followed with care, you should not need additional surgeries or solutions. The surgery is quick (about half an hour), and the results are permanent.
Not everyone is well-suited for balloon sinuplasty (such as children), but if you suffer from chronic sinus issues, we encourage you to schedule an appointment and see if it’s right for you.