A balloon sinus procedure, also known as Balloon Sinuplasty, is a safe, effective way to open the sinus passages and treat chronic sinus infections that haven’t responded well to medicine. This procedure is often the ideal solution for patients who suffer from chronic sinusitis, which can continue for months on end and frequently reoccur. For patients with this condition, symptoms such as congestion, coughing, headaches, and fatigue can significantly interfere with daily activities, including sleep, work, or school.
In this blog the ear, nose, and throat doctors at the Sinus Center of Atlanta will explain what patients can expect during a balloon sinus procedure.
How do I know if I’m a candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty?
A sinus specialist will conduct a thorough evaluation and medical history to determine if you’re a good candidate for this procedure. Some of the following factors may make Balloon Sinuplasty appropriate in your particular circumstance:
- Suffering from chronic sinus infections that last six weeks or longer
- Experiencing at least four acute sinus infections in one year
- Having difficulty breathing through your nose
- Receiving insufficient relief from other forms of treatment, such as oral medications or nasal sprays
- Having infections that are caused by blocked or narrow sinus openings
What can I expect during a balloon sinus procedure?
Balloon Sinuplasty is usually performed using local anesthesia, however, in some cases, a patient may choose to receive general anesthesia.
The procedure involves the following five steps:
- Your nose will be numbed using medication soaked cotton balls.
- Your doctor will insert a tiny balloon catheter into your inflamed sinus via your nostril.
- The balloon is slowly inflated to gently open and widen your sinus opening. Your sinus lining won’t be harmed, but the balloon will allow the walls of your sinus passageway to be restructured and widened.
- A saline solution can be used to flush out any built-up pus and mucus in the sinus cavity if necessary.
- The balloon catheter is deflated and gently removed, and your sinuses remain open. Normal drainage and function is restored to your sinuses.
What happens after a Balloon Sinuplasty?
This procedure is 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, and you won’t need any sutures. In addition, no tissue or bone is removed, so bleeding and discomfort is minimal. Most people don’t require general anesthesia for this procedure and are able to return to work the next day and resume their normal activities within just a day or two. Aftercare is usually very minimal.
Where can I find a doctor to perform a balloon sinus procedure in Atlanta?
If you suffer from chronic sinusitis and would like to find out if a balloon sinus procedure is right for you, contact the Sinus Center of Atlanta today. Our experienced, board-certified ENT physicians will conduct a thorough evaluation to determine the best treatment option for your needs. Our practice is one of the leading providers of Balloon Sinuplasty in the Atlanta area, and we offer three locations (Buckhead, Fayetteville and Stockbridge) to conveniently serve you close to home.
Schedule an appointment today to find out more about Balloon Sinuplasty and to learn whether it could help provide relief from your chronic sinusitis.