What is balloon sinuplasty?
All About Balloon Sinuplasty
Balloon Sinuplasty is a relatively new non-surgical procedure for treating breathe way blockages. It has been proven to be very effective in relieving the symptoms related to sinusitis and allergies. It is a painless, safe and straightforward procedure that does not require an overnight stay in the hospital. It can be performed in an office setting.
Conditions Treated with Balloon Sinuplasty
Balloon sinuplasty is a non-surgical procedure used to treat patients with chronic nasal and sinus symptoms caused by allergies, airway obstruction by polyps, or mucous buildup that has failed medical management.
A sinus lift procedure is a cosmetic surgery that helps those with sunken cheekbones due to facial aging. This surgery helps to smooth out the face and create an oval shape.
People who have been nose bleeding at some point. It can happen for several reasons. It can be caused by picking your nose too much, having dry nasal membranes, or an injury to the nasal membrane. Nasal endoscopy is used to treat these nosebleeds and is commonly done under local anesthesia.
What Should You Expect During a Sinuplasty Procedure?
The balloon procedure is mainly done on an outpatient basis. It is done in a clinic setting. It’s a simple nose surgery performed under local anesthesia where a balloon catheter is maneuvered up the nasal passage through the septum. Through this catheter, a local anesthetic will be given to numb the opening of the sinus cavity. This creates a clear path for the balloon catheter to pass through. Once the balloon is inflated at the top of the sinus cavity, it then opens up space while restoring drainage channels within the nose.
Balloon Sinuplasty Recovery Time
Balloon sinuplasty recovery is generally a slow process. After one balloon sinuplasty, some patients can return to work right after the procedure. But you may need to rest at home for 24 to 48 hours. The patient’s general health and overall condition should be examined by the attending cardiologist. The patient needs to take specific preventive measures such as Avoiding blowing your nose for 24 to 48 hours, rinsing your nostril with nasal spray sleeping with your head elevated, and avoiding strenuous activity for the first week after surgery to ensure a successful recovery.
Benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty
Balloon sinuplasty is an alternative surgical procedure used to treat chronic rhinosinusitis. Like the balloon catheter angioplasty procedure, this minimally invasive surgery involves inserting a small balloon catheter through your nostril and expanding it within your tissue. The goal of the procedure is to relieve nasal obstruction, reduce sinus pressure and improve breathing quality.
Risks of Balloon Sinuplasty
You might experience nosebleeds after the procedure. Of course, nosebleeds are nothing to worry about and are usually brief though annoying. But for some people, nosebleeds can go on for longer than a couple of days or even require a trip to the emergency room.
Bacteria may collect inside the nasal cavity and nasal passages after balloon sinuplasty. A bacterial infection can lead to a process called sinusitis, an inflammation of the tissue of a sinus. It will need antibiotics to cure the condition.
Balloon sinuplasty has proven to be a valuable procedure as an alternative to traditional sinus surgery, especially for those whose nasal passages have eroded due to chronic diseases such as allergies and cystic fibrosis. If you are suffering from nasal obstruction, a doctor can usually determine if balloon sinuplasty would be an effective treatment option. The success of this procedure depends on adequate preparation of your nasal passage and general health.