Patients who are suffering from sinusitis, an inflammation of the sinuses, can often benefit from Balloon Sinus Dilation, or sinusplasty surgery. Balloon Sinus Dilation is a great alternative to traditional sinus surgery because results are longer-lasting and downtime is minimal. Many patients also opt for this procedure since there is no cutting or incisions involved.
If you have decided to undergo Balloon Sinus Dilation, you should be aware of the steps of the procedure, as well as how to prepare. An hour prior to your surgery, you should spray your nose with Afrin® nasal congestion spray every 15 minutes. On the day of the procedure, you will take a mild sedative with food one to two hours before surgery. Due to this, someone will need to transport you to and from surgery for safety reasons.
Patients should also avoid painkillers and herbal supplements that could increase bleeding, prior to their procedure. You should discontinue smoking at least a month before treatment since nicotine can interfere with healing, as well as cause scar tissue to form. Finally, drinking alcohol should be avoided, since alcohol can also increase the risk of bleeding.
Following these preparation steps can help to ensure a safe and quick procedure with optimal outcomes.
If you are located in the Tuscaloosa area and are interested in Balloon Sinus Dilation, contact Alabama Ear, Nose, & Throat Specialists today to schedule a consultation. For more information, visit our blog page.