Do you suffer from chronic sinusitis and have not achieved relief with medication? At Texas ENT Specialists in The Woodlands, we can diagnose and treat chronic sinusitis, and can administer a groundbreaking, non-surgical treatment – the Balloon Sinuplasty. This procedure is non-surgical, has a short recovery, and is an extremely very safe, FDA-approved procedure. At Texas ENT Specialists, our ear, nose, and throat specialists have the skills and knowledge to perform this delicate procedure and help you finally breathe easily.

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What is a Balloon Sinuplasty?

A Balloon Sinuplasty in The Woodlands involves using a specialized medical device, called a balloon catheter, to expand the nasal passages to resolve chronic sinusitis. Before FDA-approval for this device, surgical treatments were the traditional approach, but times have changed. This procedure does not involve the removal of bone or tissue, a long recovery time, or other drawbacks of surgical treatment. It is simple, fast, and effective. The treatment takes about an hour to complete and leads to long-lasting relief.

What is the Procedure?

To perform the procedure, the nasal cavities will be inspected with the help of an endoscope, a slim tool with a light at the end. Once the blocked area is identified, a balloon catheter is inserted in the breathing passage, and the small balloon inflated to expand it and allow natural drainage and improved breathing.

Once the area has been expanded, a saline solution is used to wash away any excess mucus or other material, the balloon deflated, and the catheter removed.

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What Will a Balloon Sinuplasty Feel Like?

You will be comfortable throughout the entire procedure, under IV sedation so you are relaxed and free from any anxiety. You will feel a sensation of pressure when the balloon is inflated, but this is not painful. Once the procedure is complete, most people are thrilled that they can now breathe easily, with the blocked sinuses resolved. No pain, no surgery, just relief!

Who is a Candidate for a Balloon Sinuplasty in The Woodlands?

If you have any of the following situations, you may be a good candidate for this minimally invasive treatment for chronic sinuplasty:

  • You experience four or more bouts of sinusitis yearly.
  • When you develop sinusitis, medications are unable to bring you relief, and the bout may last for months or longer.
  • You have had nasal surgery but still experience regular cases of sinusitis.
  • You often have a stuffy or runny nose, sinus headaches, or facial pain.
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What is the Recovery Time After a Balloon Sinuplasty?

One of the most positive benefits of this treatment is the fast, uneventful recovery time. You need only 24 hours to feel back to normal. You may feel some minor sensitivity, which is easily managed with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication. Sleep on an extra pillow for a few days, and avoid any strenuous activities such as running, exercising, or sports.

Our patients at Texas ENT Specialists in The Woodlands are thrilled to finally resolve chronic sinusitis, and to be free from the unpleasant and painful symptoms. Call us to schedule an appointment to evaluate your condition and guide you to the best treatment for you.

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