Balloon nasal surgery (or balloon sinuplasty) is a safe, effective procedure that opens up your sinus passages in order to treat chronic sinus infections. It’s sometimes used if your symptoms aren’t responding well to medication.
This procedure frequently offers the ideal solution for patients who suffer from chronic sinusitis, a condition that can linger for months, causing troublesome symptoms. Symptoms may go away, only to quickly return again, and balloon nasal surgery can help open up the nasal passages so patients can breathe freely again. It works in a way that’s similar to a balloon angioplasty, which is used by a heart surgeon to open up blocked arteries.
Am I a candidate for balloon nasal surgery?
You’re a good candidate for balloon nasal surgery if you experience any of the following:
- Suffering from chronic sinus infection that lasts six weeks or longer
- Having at least four acute sinus infections in one year
- Having difficulty breathing through your nose
- Receiving insufficient relief or bothersome side effects from other forms of treatment, such as oral medications or nasal sprays
- Having infections that are caused by blocked or narrow sinus openings
What is involved in balloon nasal surgery?
This minimally invasive procedure is usually performed in the doctor’s office, using local (rather than general) anesthesia. It usually takes about 30 minutes and involves the following steps:
- Your nose will be numbed using medication.
- The doctor will insert a tiny balloon catheter into your inflamed sinus via your nostril, so no cutting of bone or tissue is necessary.
- The balloon is slowly inflated so it gently opens and widens your sinus opening. This won’t harm your sinus lining, but it allows the walls of your sinus passageway to be restructured and widened so mucus can drain normally.
- A saline solution can be used if needed to flush out any pus and mucus that may have built up in the sinus cavity.
- The balloon catheter is deflated and gently removed, and your sinuses will remain open.
What can I expect after balloon nasal surgery?
This procedure has been performed on more than 330,000 people, and it has an excellent track record of success. It’s very simple compared to other types of sinus surgery, resulting in less risk of infection, bruising, and swelling.
No cutting is necessary, since the balloon is inserted and removed via your nostril. As a result, you won’t need any sutures (stitches).
In addition, no tissue or bone is removed, so bleeding and discomfort are minimal.
Most people don’t require general anesthesia for this procedure and instead only have local anesthesia. They’re then able to return to work the next day and resume their normal activities within just a day or two.
Where can I find a doctor to perform a balloon nasal surgery in the Dallas/Fort Worth area?
DFW Sinus Select has numerous practices conveniently located throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
The first step in treating your chronic sinus condition is to set up a consultation to have your symptoms evaluated. Once a thorough exam and medical history are conducted, an ENT will be able to offer treatment options that are customized to your specific symptoms and are as minimally invasive as possible.
One of our board-certified ENTs will help you decide if balloon nasal surgery is right for you. We’ll give you all the information you need to make an informed decision and will answer any questions you may have.
Contact our office today, and take the first step toward relieving your chronic sinus pain.