What is a Balloon Sinuplasty?
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Learn More About Balloon Sinuplasty from Dr. Ben Cilento
Sinuses are air filled cavities that protect our eyes and brain from trauma. They have a lining of the same pink skin that lines your mouth and nose. They're especially susceptible to inflammation.
If the lining swell from contact with allergens, viruses, or bacteria they can completely close the openings to your sinuses. This causes the sinuses to stop draining which causes the symptoms of sinus pressure, pain, headaches, nasal drainage and congestion as well as repeat sinus infections.
Steps of the Balloon Sinuplasty Procedure
Unlike traditional sinuplasty, balloon sinuplasty requires no cutting or removal of bone and tissue. The procedure is pretty simple.
Am I a Good Candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty?
Patients with severe structural issues such as a deviated septum or nasal polyps are still good candidates for balloon sinuplasty. At Texas Sinus & Snoring we have a state of the art facility that can handle all levels of surgery in an in-office setting.
Balloon Sinuplasty vs Traditional Sinus Surgery
Balloon sinuplasty offers a much easier solution for chronic sinusitis. The procedure doesn’t involve any removal of bone, cartilage, or tissue. Because of this, there is little to no downtime or loss of work.
Is Balloon Sinuplasty Safe?
This procedure is safer than traditional sinuplasty because it is minimally invasive. Balloon sinuplasty doesn’t have the risks of bleeding and infection seen in traditional sinus surgery. Post-operative pain is far less. Plus, this treatment doesn’t limit any future treatments or procedures. In other words, you are not burning any bridges if you wind up needing more extensive surgery in the future.
What Anesthesia Is Used?
Balloon Sinuplasty Recovery
Overall balloon sinuplasty does not cause much trauma to the nasal area. This makes it relatively non-invasive and have minimal recovery time. Most patients can return to work and their normal activities after one day.