What is Balloon Sinuplasty?
If you have trouble with chronic and recurrent sinusitis, your blocked sinus drainage pathways can prevent effective drainage, airflow and healing. If medications and first line treatments have failed to help resolve symptoms and inflammation in the past or you experience multiple episodes of sinusitis, Balloon Sinuplasty may be an appropriate treatment option for you.
The Balloon Sinuplasty procedure gently expands your sinus openings and drainage pathways to restore airflow, aid with drainage and helps healing. After locating the treatment area and applying local anesthesia, your physician will place the small balloon, 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?
Absolutely. 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 http://www.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.
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.