Questions frequently asked about the Balloon Sinuplasty Procedure
Balloon sinuplasty is revolutionizing the treatment of sinusitis. A minimally-invasive treatment, it is proven to have positive results in thousands of patients throughout the US. Below are some of the generally asked and answered questions by chronic sinusitis sufferers before going into the procedure.
It is always best to come prepared to your consultation with questions of your own for your ENT, but here are some that may help get you started.What is sinusitis?
Sinusitis occurs generally when an inflammation of the lining of the sinuses causes them to become filled with fluid. This can also cause an infection, and can be recurrent, often referred to as Chronic Sinusitis. This condition affects over 30 million Americans.
- Difficulty breathing through the nose
- Leaky nasal discharge
- Pain in the mouth or teeth
- Loss of sense of smell or taste
- Headaches and facial pain, pressure, congestion or fullness
- Hoarseness & Sore Throat
- Bad breath
The objective of Balloon Sinuplasty is to clear blocked nasal passages and restore normal sinus drainage. A minimally-invasive procedure, Balloon Sinuplasty can be performed in the office in a relatively short amount of time. It has a high success rate in most patients, who have reported drastic improvement in their sinus symptoms after the procedure.
The length of time you'll experience for the procedure depends entirely on your particular diagnosis. Your physician, such as those at Cumberland Valley ENT, will be able to determine if you're an appropriate candidate for this procedure.
Once approved, Balloon Sinuplasty typically takes less than 1 hour when performed in-office. If you are selected to have an out-patient procedure, it may last longer (around 3 hours, including post-op)
Typically, since it is a minimally-invasive procedure, balloon sinuplasty patients experience a short recovery time, some are even able to resume normal activity (school, work, daily activities, etc) within 24 hours.
Your insurance benefits and coverage is a great question for our office staff, who will be in touch with you prior to the surgery, and who will oversee your financial responsibility in detail. For many of our patients, the procedure is covered by their insurance.
The doctor will first locate the problematic sinus area to be treated.
They will carefully position a device, resembling a small balloon, which inflates within the sinus cavity. This dilates the treatment area to restore drainage.
This balloon is then removed from the treatment area and your sinuses are restored - a permanent, welcome relief to many chronic sinus sufferers.
While this varies from patient to patient, most of our patients do undergo the procedure with general anesthesia. The procedure is less invasive than traditional sinus surgery: unlike conventional surgery, there is no cutting to remove bone or tissue from the nose.