How Is Balloon Sinuplasty Performed?
Balloon sinuplasty does not require general anesthesia. Our sinus surgeon, Dr. Shin, will administer a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area before your balloon sinuplasty procedure. A flexible balloon catheter is then inserted into the sinus passage to dilate the sinus opening. The balloon is inflated and slowly expands the sinus opening without affecting the sinus lining. By gently forcing the sinus passage open, the balloon catheter helps restructure the sinus wall. Once there is ample room, a saline solution is sprayed into the inflamed sinus to clear out any mucus and buildup. The balloon catheter is then removed from the sinus canal. The sinus passageway remains widened even after the catheter is removed to help prevent further blockages.
How Is Balloon Sinuplasty Different From Other Types Of Sinus Surgery?
Many other sinus treatments require surgical removal of structures. For example, septoplasty involves removing or reshaping cartilage and bone to repair a deviated septum, while turbinate reduction addresses the soft tissue and underlying bone of the turbinates. Endoscopic sinus surgery techniques focus on treating blockages by removing bone or tissue.
Unlike the above types of sinus surgery, balloon sinuplasty is minimally invasive and does not utilize surgical excision. There is no cutting or out-fracturing necessary. Instead, balloon sinuplasty uses balloon dilation devices to slowly expand and restructure the sinus pathway. This technique is minimally invasive and can be completed in less time than traditional sinus surgery. Balloon sinuplasty patients can expect less downtime and recovery; they typically return to work and daily activities faster, as well.
Who Are Ideal Candidates For Balloon Sinuplasty In NYC?
Over 30 million Americans are affected by sinusitis each year; for some of these patients, over-the-counter remedies are not enough to alleviate symptoms. Balloon sinuplasty may be an ideal treatment for those with chronic or severe sinusitis that has not responded to non-invasive methods like medications and nasal sprays.
Many patients prefer balloon sinuplasty for the shorter procedure time and less recovery. Dr. Shin may suggest balloon sinuplasty as an initial sinus treatment for patients suffering from severe sinusitis. If symptoms do not respond, then a different form of sinus surgery may be considered. Dr. Shin can discuss whether balloon sinuplasty is right for you during your consultation.
What Can I Expect Following Balloon Sinuplasty?
Most balloon sinuplasty patients can return to their regular activities within 2-3 days. Since there are no incisions made during your procedure, no external bruising or swelling should be present. There is no nasal drip pad required. Pain medication may be prescribed to reduce any discomfort. You may experience congestion and some light bleeding in your nasal discharge, as well as tenderness around the cheeks, nose, and forehead. Some patients feel tired or groggy for a few hours after treatment. These side effects are normal and should subside within days.
Patients should try to refrain from blowing their nose for a few days (unless it is necessary to reduce pressure). Vigorous activities and heavy lifting should be avoided for a few days to allow for optimal healing. Balloon sinuplasty patients require a follow-up appointment to monitor results. Dr. Shin is happy to answer any of your questions regarding the procedure, as well as after-care or instructions.