At Texas ENT Specialists, our ear, nose, and throat doctors perform the groundbreaking procedure Balloon Sinuplasty in League City at our practice, for addressing chronic sinusitis. This procedure has been FDA approved since 2005, and is now one of the most effective, least invasive ways to resolve the painful symptoms of chronic sinusitis.

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What is the Balloon Sinuplasty?

This procedure has been compared to an angioplasty, in which a balloon is used to expand an artery. The procedure involves inserting a tiny balloon through the breathing passages, and inflating it to open the passage, allowing for healthy sinus drainage and free breathing. The procedure takes only about an hour, and has little to no recovery time, and does not involve the surgical removal of tissue or bone.

What Will a Balloon Sinuplasty Feel Like?

The procedure is not painful, as the sinuses are numbed with anesthetic. To ensure comfort and relaxation, IV sedation is administered. The procedure is not painful, but you will feel a sensation of pressure when the balloon is inflated.

The sinuses will also be rinsed with saline to flush out any remaining mucus or residue from infection. Once complete, you can drive home yourself, and can expect a recovery of 24 to 48 hours. The procedure is among the most effective and comfortable of all chronic sinusitis treatments. 

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Am I a Candidate for a Balloon Sinuplasty in League City?

To determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure, our specialists can evaluate your condition and advise you if this is the best approach for you. Generally, candidates have these symptoms:

  • Four or more bouts of sinusitis per year.
  • Ongoing nasal congestion, runny or stuffy nose.
  • Facial pressure and pain.
  • Tooth and upper jaw aches.
  • Regular sinus headaches.
  • Bad breath.
  • Coughing or congestion during sleep hours.
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness.
  • Reduced ability to taste and smell.

What Is the Balloon Sinuplasty Procedure?

The procedure takes about an hour to complete. First, IV sedation is administered. Local anesthetic is applied to the breathing passages to numb the area. A balloon catheter is then inserted into the nostril to access the blocked area, and inflated. The nasal passage will also be rinsed and flushed with saline to remove any remaining mucus or infected material. The balloon is deflated and gently removed, and the procedure is complete. 

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What Is the Recovery Time?

The recovery after this procedure is minimal, requiring only 24 to 48 hours at most. To help speed the recovery, sleep with your head elevated, avoid blowing your nose, and do not engage in workouts, running, or other strenuous physical activities for a week or two. If you have any lingering discomfort, over the counter anti-inflammatory medication is typically all you will need. 

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What Are the Benefits of the Balloon Sinuplasty?

The benefits of this approach to chronic sinusitis include:

  • Non-surgical
  • Minimally-invasive
  • No tissue or bone removed
  • Fast recovery
  • Very low risk of complications 
  • FDA-approved
  • Requires about one hour to complete
  • Opens breathing passages 
  • Achieves noticeable, lasting relief

Texas ENT Specialists in League City: Why Choose Us?

Our ear, nose, and throat specialists at Texas ENT Specialists in League City can help you live a more comfortable life, free from the symptoms of chronic sinusitis, breathing freely – no surgery required. Meet with us to find out more.

With 18 convenient locations across the greater Houston & San Antonio areas, we’re never far away.

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