Balloon Sinuplasty FAQs
What is Balloon Sinuplasty?
Patients who have trouble with chronic and recurrent sinusitis often have blocked sinus pathways that can prevent effective drainage, airflow and healing from an infection. If medications and first-line treatments have failed to help relieve symptoms and inflammation in the past or if patients experience multiple episodes of sinusitis, Balloon Sinuplasty may be an appropriate treatment option for them.
The Balloon Sinuplasty procedure gently expands sinus openings and drainage pathways to restore airflow, aid with drainage and helps healing. After locating the treatment area and applying local anesthesia, a physician will place the small balloon in the nose, inflate the balloon to dilate the treatment area, and then deflate and remove the balloon.
How long does the Balloon Sinuplasty procedure take?
Procedure length is dependent on your specific condition and anatomy. To allow time for pretreatment preparation and post treatment examination, you should expect to spend around one and a half to two hours in our office.
What is the average Balloon Sinuplasty recovery time?
While recovery time varies with each patient, most patients who undergo the in-office procedure can return to normal activities within two days or sooner.
Is Balloon Sinuplasty successful?
Yes. In fact, 96% of patients undergoing a Balloon Sinuplasty procedure have reported drastic improvement in sinusitis symptoms. Learn more about Balloon Sinuplasty and results of this procedure by visiting the FAQ page on balloonsinuplasty.com.
What are the risks of Balloon Sinuplasty?
Balloon Sinuplasty is less invasive than traditional sinus surgery and has a low complication rate. As with any medical procedure, potential risks and complications also exist with Balloon Sinuplasty.
Possible side effects include, but are not limited to, post-operative bleeding; pain and swelling; allergic reaction to anesthesia or other medications administered during the procedure; or infection. There is also a small risk of mucosal/tissue damage from the expansion. Make sure to consult with your doctor to determine if your condition presents any special risks.
Are you awake during Balloon Sinuplasty?
Balloon Sinuplasty is usually an outpatient procedure. Most patients undergo the in-office procedure with general anesthesia, but it varies from patient to patient.
Will Balloon Sinuplasty stop snoring?
Balloon Sinuplasty is a proven and safe technology to relieve obstructions associated with chronic sinusitis. Balloon Sinuplasty can address sinus disease, but would not be expected to affect snoring.
Does Medicare pay for Balloon Sinuplasty?
Most insurance companies and Medicare cover Balloon Sinuplasty if considered medically reasonable and necessary. To be certain of your level of insurance coverage, contact your insurance provider to find out your specific policy.
Want to learn more about Balloon Sinuplasty?
You can learn more about Balloon Sinuplasty and the results of this procedure by visiting the FAQ page on balloonsinuplasty.com.