Sinusitis affects many patients across the United States every year. It can be a challenging condition, as many individuals struggle to find relief. When medication such as antibiotics, nasal sprays, and or steroids are ineffective, balloon sinuplasty can offer an excellent solution towards finding long-lasting relief. 

How Balloon Sinuplasty is Performed 

This procedure is performed using a minimally invasive technique that does not require the use of an incision or tissue removal. With the use of an endoscope, a low-profile balloon dilation device is passed through the nose, directed, and navigated towards the openings of the sinus cavity and dilated. This dilation results in a permanent effect. Once the desired dilation is obtained, the balloon device is removed in its entirety. The balloon sinuplasty procedure can be performed in-office using topical and local anesthesia without the need for general anesthetics. This procedure minimizes the recovery process, offering patients a quick return to work, school, and all other daily activities.

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Balloon Sinuplasty FAQ's

Does the procedure hurt?

The procedure is performed with local anesthesia to keep you comfortable. You may feel some numbness or pressure, but patients rarely report noticeable pain.

How will I know if I am a candidate?

Contact Texas ENT Specialists to set up 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 procedure?

Nasal packing may be used after the procedure to ensure the safest, most effective healing process. Your physician will decide if nasal packing is needed.

How long is the recovery phase?

The recovery process usually lasts 1-2 days. As for results, the timeline is difficult to project, but 1-3 weeks is a good estimate. You will be able to breathe more easily and you will feel relief from sinus pressure.

Conditions Treated by Balloon Sinuplasty 

There are several symptoms that a balloon sinuplasty can help alleviate symptoms that stem from chronic or recurrent sinusitis or sinus infections when other therapies have not achieved relief. 

Sinusitis is caused by an inflammation of the sinus lining. When the sinus passageways become blocked by this inflammation, it can affect regular drainage. This can lead to an infection or inflammation of the sinus cavities. Balloon sinuplasty treats the following concerns:

  • Pain from inflamed, swollen sinus tissues
  • Nasal blockage
  • Severe rhinosinusitis (sinusitis lasting for three months or longer)
  • Runny nose
  • Stuffy nose
  • Facial pain, swelling, and/or 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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Benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty 


Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive therapeutic option for patients suffering from chronic and or frequently recurrent sinusitis. This procedure can provide patients with relief for several chronic sinus conditions and help improve nasal congestion and nasal breathing. Clinical studies have demonstrated and proven this procedure to be both safe and highly effective in the treatment of sinusitis. Benefits include the following:

  • Minimal risk and complications
  • No need for incisions
  • Improves ease of breathing
  • Provides significant, lasting relief from chronic sinusitis
  • Clears sinuses
  • Allows you to go home the same day as the procedure
  • No tissue or bone removal required
  • Short recovery time
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Who is a Candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty?


Ideal candidates for this procedure are individuals who suffer from frequently recurrent or chronic sinusitis and who have failed appropriate medical therapy. At Texas ENT Specialists, our providers will work with you to determine if you are a candidate for a balloon sinus dilation procedure. For those who may not be a candidate, rest assured our specialists will work closely with you to find the best treatment option to fit your needs.

Patients who meet the following requirements are likely candidates for a balloon sinuplasty:

  • You struggle with chronic coughing and difficulty breathing through the nose
  • You are experiencing chronic bad breath or headaches
  • Medication is not effective in treating your recurrent sinus infections
  • Your sinusitis is occurring for reasons other than a deviated septum or nasal polyps

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What to Expect During Your Experience

Prior to your procedure, you will be evaluated to determine if you’re an ideal candidate. This will include an examination of the nasal cavity, a series of medical questions, and CT imaging. During the procedure, topical and local anesthesia will be used to keep you comfortable and ensure that you experience minimal discomfort.

Once the procedure is complete, you will be able to return to your normal activities within 24-48 hours. You may experience some bleeding, congestion, and fatigue. These side effects should subside within a few days after the procedure.

About Texas ENT Specialists

Texas ENT Specialists offers specialized care for all ear, nose, and throat conditions, with many convenient office locations across Texas. We’ve set ourselves apart in the industry through:

Personalized Treatment

We tailor all of our ENT services to meet your individual needs to achieve the best patient outcomes.

Top-Rated Physician Network

All of our locations are staffed with a team of top-rated physicians who will help with all your ENT concerns.

Centers of Excellence

Our locations are equipped with the latest technology, provide comprehensive care, and work with the goal of delivering a seamless patient experience.

Continuity of Care

With our comprehensive care philosophy and network of highly trained providers, we aim to provide patients with long-term relief.

Traditional Sinus Surgery 

When patients have pursued sinus treatment methods unsuccessfully, sinus surgery may be recommended. This procedure is often recommended when patients experience chronic sinus infections, sinus obstructions, or nasal polyps. The goal of sinus surgery is to eliminate physical obstructions of the sinus cavities and nasal passages. The helps to enlarge the natural sinus openings. 

This procedure is performed by one of our surgeons inside an operating room. It is performed through the nostrils under general anesthesia. 

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