Balloon sinus dilation, sometimes referred to as Balloon Sinuplasty™ is a relatively new, minimally invasive procedure that reopens the sinus pathways and restores drainage to deliver immediate and long lasting relief to recurrent and chronic sinusitis sufferers. The FDA-cleared technology uses small, flexible, sinus balloons to open up blocked sinus passageways, by gently restructuring and widening the walls of the passageway while maintaining the integrity of the sinus lining.
Two Choices of Procedures
The procedure may be performed in the operating room using general anesthesia or in the office using local anesthesia. We have the option to perform an additional nasal airway procedure like a septoplasty or turbinate reduction if the procedure is performed under general anesthesia.
In-Office Balloon Sinuplasty™ may be considered for those who have recurrent sinus infections or barosinusitis (facial pain caused by pressure such as in a flight or change in weather systems). Dr. Duncan may also consider balloon sinuplasty for those who have headaches that are triggered by congestion in the nose or sinuses. The procedure may also be combined with an in-office turbinate reduction as well.
The in-office procedure begins by numbing your nose with a nasal spray. Cotton strips soaked with additional numbing medication are then placed in the nose to further the numbing process. The whole procedure, from numbing to dilation, is usually completed in less than an hour. In-office balloon dilation causes minimal pain which results in a faster recovery. You may even be able to return to work or school the same day. As you recover you will need to keep your nose clear with saline rinses to aid in the healing process.
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