How Balloon Sinuplasty is Performed 

This minimally invasive procedure involves no incisions or tissue removal. An endoscope guides a low-profile balloon dilation device through the nose and into the sinus cavity openings, where it is then dilated. This dilation produces a lasting effect.

Once the desired dilation is achieved, the entire balloon device is removed. Balloon sinuplasty can be carried out in our Houston offices using only topical and local anesthesia, eliminating the need for general anesthetics. This approach reduces the recovery time, enabling patients to resume their daily routines, including work and school, quickly.

Balloon Sinuplasty FAQ

Does the balloon sinuplasty hurt?

The procedure is performed with local anesthesia to keep you comfortable. You might experience numbness or pressure, but it is uncommon for patients to experience significant pain.

How will I know if I am a candidate for balloon sinuplasty?

Contact Texas ENT Specialists in Houston to schedule an appointment with one of our physicians to evaluate your symptoms and determine if you are a candidate.

Will there be nasal packing after the balloon sinuplasty procedure?

After the procedure, nasal packing may promote the safest and most effective healing process. Your physician will decide whether to use nasal packing.

How long is the recovery phase after balloon sinuplasty?

Typically, the recovery period lasts for 1-2 days. Predicting the exact timeline for results is challenging, but a good estimate is 1-3 weeks. Following the procedure, you can expect improved breathing and relief from sinus pressure.

Conditions Treated by Balloon Sinuplasty 

Balloon sinuplasty can help alleviate symptoms associated with chronic or recurrent sinusitis or sinus infections when other treatments have not provided relief.

Sinusitis occurs due to inflammation of the sinus lining, leading to blockage of the sinus passageways and affecting normal drainage. This can result in sinus cavities becoming infected or inflamed. Balloon sinuplasty addresses the following issues:

  • Pain from inflamed and swollen sinus tissues
  • Nasal blockage
  • Severe rhinosinusitis (sinusitis lasting for three months or longer)
  • Runny nose
  • Stuffy nose
  • Facial pain, swelling, and pressure (around the eyes, cheeks, nose, forehead)
  • Tension headaches
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Sore throat
  • Snoring
  • Cough
  • Bad breath
  • Persistent foul taste in the mouth
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What are the Benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty?

Balloon sinuplasty offers a minimally invasive treatment option for patients in Houston who suffer from chronic or frequently recurrent sinusitis. This procedure can offer relief for various chronic sinus conditions and help enhance nasal congestion and breathing.

Clinical studies have confirmed this procedure's safety and high effectiveness in treating sinusitis. Other benefits include the following:

  • Minimal risk and complications
  • No need for incisions
  • Improved ease of breathing
  • Significant and lasting relief from chronic sinusitis
  • Clearing of sinuses
  • Same-day discharge after the procedure
  • No need for tissue or bone removal
  • Short recovery period

Who is a Candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty?

The ideal candidates for this procedure are individuals with frequent or chronic sinusitis who have not responded to appropriate medical therapy. At Texas ENT Specialists, our providers will assess your eligibility for a balloon sinus dilation procedure. Our specialists will collaborate with you to find the most suitable treatment option for those who may not qualify.

Patients who exhibit the following criteria are potential candidates for a balloon sinuplasty:

  • Chronic coughing and difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Persistent bad breath or headaches
  • Ineffectiveness of medication in treating recurrent sinus infections
  • Sinusitis not caused by a deviated septum or nasal polyps

What to Expect During Your Experience

Before the procedure, an assessment will be conducted to ascertain your suitability as a candidate. This evaluation will involve an examination of the nasal cavity, a series of medical inquiries, and CT imaging. Throughout the procedure, topical and local anesthesia will be administered to ensure your comfort and minimize any discomfort.

Following the completion of the procedure, you can resume your regular activities within 24-48 hours. You may encounter some bleeding, congestion, and fatigue, but these side effects should diminish within a few days after the procedure.

Traditional Sinus Surgery 

If sinus treatment methods have been ineffective, sinus surgery may be suggested. This procedure is commonly recommended for patients with chronic sinus infections, sinus obstructions, or nasal polyps. Sinus surgery aims to remove physical obstructions in the sinus cavities and nasal passages, thereby enlarging the natural sinus openings.

One of our surgeons performs this procedure in an operating room. It is conducted through the nostrils under general anesthesia.

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