What is a Balloon Sinuplasty?

In the past, chronic sinusitis may have been treated surgically, by removing bone and tissue to open the breathing passages. While some patients may require a surgical treatment, a large number can now enjoy the benefits of a minimally invasive, non-surgical Balloon Sinuplasty in Pasadena. The procedure involves inserting a small catheter balloon into the blocked nasal passages and inflating the balloon to enlarge the passage. Just like an angioplasty (used to open blocked arteries), this minimally-invasive treatment is extremely effective and achieves long-lasting improvements and relief.

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What Is It Like To Have a Balloon Sinuplasty?

Undergoing a Balloon Sinuplasty is a simple, fast procedure, which is comfortable to experience and takes only about one hour. To ensure you are relaxed and comfortable, IV sedation is administered, and topical anesthetic is used to numb the area. 

Our specialist will evaluate the structure with an endoscope, a thin tube with a light on the end. Once the area of obstruction is fully identified, a balloon catheter is inserted into the nasal passages and a tiny balloon inflated to open the structure. It may be inflated twice in some cases. The area is flushed out with saline solution to clear away any mucus or infected material, the balloon deflated, and the catheter gently removed. The only sensation you may experience is pressure, not pain.

Who Is a Candidate for a Balloon Sinuplasty?

A good candidate for this groundbreaking treatment for chronic sinusitis will be experiencing specific symptoms, including:

  • Four or more instances of sinusitis in a year.
  • Nose is continually runny or stuffed up.
  • Difficulties breathing through the nose.
  • Regular sinus headaches.
  • Upper jaw or facial pain and pressure.
  • Worsened symptoms of asthma.
  • Regular coughing and congestion while sleeping.
  • Reduced ability to smell and taste.
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Does a Balloon Sinuplasty Have a Long Recovery Time?

The recovery from this treatment is minimal, typically only 24 hours. After your treatment, you are free to leave our Pasadena office and drive home. It can be helpful to sleep with you head elevated on an extra pillow. Initially, avoid strenuous physical activities for the period your ENT advises. However, the recovery is extremely swift, and the results appear immediately. 

Why Choose Texas ENT Specialists in Pasadena, TX?

Our specialists at our Pasadena offices are board-certified “otolaryngologists,” or ear, nose, and throat specialists. We perform Balloon Sinuplasty treatments in-office, and our group of ENTs throughout Texas are known as being among the best in the state and beyond. If you struggle with chronic sinusitis, we urge you to visit our comfortable, patient-friendly Pasadena office and find out of you are a candidate for this FDA-approved, non-invasive treatment.

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