What is a Balloon Sinuplasty?

The balloon sinuplasty procedure uses a small, flexible, balloon catheter. The process is like those used to clear blocked arteries in balloon angioplasty. It's inserted into the sinuses to open up blocked sinuses and help drain mucus build up. When inflated, the sinus balloon restructures and widens the walls of the sinus passageway. This happens all while maintaining the integrity of the sinus lining. This allows our patients who suffer from sinusitis to breathe easy again. 
Balloon Sinuplasty Houston Filled Sinus From Sinusitis

Blocked sinus pathways create pressure and cause sinusitis.

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The balloon is positioned and gently inflated, remodeling the sinus pathways.

Clear Sinus After Balloon Sinuplasty

Open sinus pathways restore drainage and allow for fewer infections and clearer breathing.

Balloon Sinuplasty is minimally invasive and is typically an outpatient procedure done right in our Spring, Texas office. Patients experience little to no down time. Results are like traditional Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS) without the downtime and possible complications.

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Learn More About Balloon Sinuplasty in Houston 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 swells 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.

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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 and can usually be done in our AAAASF Certified surgery center right in our office.

Step 1

We make our patient comfortable as possible. During your pre op appointment we'll discuss sedation options from mild all the way to general anesthesia.

Step 2

Your surgeon will insert a guide catheter with an endoscope into the nostril. We use the latest technology to help guide the surgery process.

Step 3

The guide catheter reaches the sinus opening and is then advanced into the blocked sinus.

Step 4

The balloon catheter is placed onto the guide and moved up to the opening of the blocked sinus.

Step 5

The balloon is slowly inflated. As it widens, it instantly restructures the walls of the sinus. This does not harm the sinus lining in any way. This is a permanent change and results in “remodeling” of the sinuses from that point on.

Step 6

We spray saline solution through the catheter into the inflamed sinus to flush out the pus and mucus.

Step 7

Next we take cultures to identify any pathogens present including sensitivities to direct appropriate antibiotic therapy. Then we remove the catheter.

Am I a Good Candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty?

A proper exam is the only way to know if you're 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 dilates the blocked passages, but it doesn’t remove chronically inflamed tissue. When structural problems are causing the blockage Dr. Cilento may combine balloon sinuplasty with more traditional forms of surgery.

If the key to healing is tissue removal, traditional endoscopic sinus surgery is combined with balloon sinuplasty to comprehensively treat your individual problem.

What does Balloon Sinuplasty Cost?

Your insurance coverage on your balloon sinuplasty depends on your specific provider and plan. Our patient care coordinator along with our billing team will work with you to understand your coverage and cost of your balloon sinuplasty.

Balloon Sinuplasty Snoring

If the cause of your snoring is sinusitis, a balloon sinuplasty may help with your snoring. It's important that you come in for a proper exam so we can diagnose your snoring issues and find out what treatment is right for you. Click here to learn more about snoring.

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.

In contrast, traditional sinus surgery requires the patient to be under general anesthesia. The patient should expect 3-5 days of recovery time. They also must limit strenuous exercise or activity for a couple weeks.

Often we can perform balloon sinuplasty with the patient under only local anesthesia. There is minimal or no bleeding and low post-procedure pain. There are also very few restrictions on activity post op.

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?

Dr. Cilento has designed a state of the art facility with an advanced in office operating room. Our surgery center is AAAASF certified (one of the only sinus surgery centers in Houston with this level of accreditation). We use only board certified anesthesiologists for your safety and comfort.
We do Balloon Sinuplasty procedures right in our office. You have the option of only local anesthesia. General anesthesia is still available for those who prefer it. We will discuss all your options during your consultation.

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.