Chronic sinusitis can severely impact the quality of your life. For those individuals suffering from the frustrating and debilitating symptoms of chronic sinus pressure, headaches and congestion, a balloon sinus procedure may be an ideal option for providing long-term symptom relief with minimal downtime.
A balloon sinus procedure, also known as Balloon Sinuplasty, is a cutting edge procedure that effectively opens up blocked sinus passages – all from the comfort and convenience of the doctor’s office, with minimal recovery time. If you suffer from chronic sinus problems, this may be the best option to help relieve the pain in your head, ears and teeth that can come along with infection within the sinus cavities. In this blog, the ear, nose and throat specialists at DFW Sinus Select will explain exactly what you can expect during a balloon sinus procedure.
How do I know if I’m a candidate for a balloon sinus procedure?
Once your Dallas/Fort Worth ENT has completed a thorough exam and medical history, the doctor will be able to determine whether you are a good candidate for this procedure.
If any of the following statements hold true in your experience, an evaluation with a sinus specialist is recommended.
- You have suffered from a chronic sinus infection that has lasted six weeks or longer.
- You have experienced four or more sinus infections within the past year.
- Conservative treatments, such as antibiotics, sinus medications and nasal sprays have failed to improve your symptoms.
- Your sinus infections are caused by narrow or blocked sinus passages.
What can I expect during a balloon sinus procedure?
If the ENT believes you are a good fit for a balloon sinus procedure, here is what you can expect. In most cases, this minimally invasive procedure can be performed right in the doctor’s office, using only a local anesthetic. However, in some instances, a patient may need to undergo general anesthesia in an outpatient or hospital setting for the procedure. This will be determined by the sinus specialist based upon your individual needs.
After you are given an anesthetic (local anesthesia for in-office cases), the procedure is a simple one that involves the following steps:
- A tiny balloon catheter is inserted through the nostril and into the inflamed sinus.
- The balloon is then slowly inflated. This opens up the narrow sinus passage and effectively restructures it so that the sinuses can drain more easily. This expansion is gentle enough that it does not harm the delicate sinus lining.
- A saline solution is sprayed into the sinus passage. This helps flush out built-up pus and mucus that has been trapped in the sinus cavity.
- The balloon catheter is then carefully deflated and removed from the sinus passage and nose, leaving the sinus passage open and able to drain properly.
There is absolutely no cutting or bone removal involved in this procedure, which typically takes about one hour to perform. Recovery is quick and there is very little post-procedure pain or discomfort. In most cases, you will be back to enjoying normal activities within two days.
How can I find out more about this balloon sinus procedure?
The first step to finding out if Balloon Sinuplasty is the ideal solution for your sinus issue is to schedule a consultation at DFW Sinus Select. DFW Sinus Select is home to top ENT doctors in Texas and is the leading provider of the balloon sinus procedure in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
In order to serve the needs of our patients, we offer more than five locations to choose from, each staffed with the finest specialists. Schedule your appointment for an evaluation today to get started on the path to a life free from chronic sinus pain and pressure.