Balloon Sinuplasty Overview
Balloon Sinuplasty is a breakthrough procedure that relieves the pain and pressure of chronic sinusitis which affects more than 37 million Americans each year. This procedure is now available in our office under local anesthesia. It is estimated that up to 60 % of chronic sinusitis sufferers are not successfully treated with medication and are candidates for sinus surgery.
Balloon Sinuplasty is less invasive than conventional sinus surgery. The blocked sinuses are opened while preserving the natural structure of the sinuses. A specially-designed flexible catheter is inserted through the nostril to reach the inflamed sinus cavity. A small balloon is slowly inflated, which gently widens and restructures the walls of the sinus passage without cutting, and with minimal bleeding. The balloon is then removed, leaving the sinuses open. Our physicians perform this procedure both in the hospital setting as well as in our office.
There are many benefits to the office option.The use of local anesthesia instead of general is preferable to many patients, and the comfort of our office experience is more appealing than the hospital operating room.While recovery time varies, most patients can return to work and normal activities within 2 days.In addition some eligible patients may have potential out-of-pocket cost savings.