What is Balloon Sinuplasty?
If you’re the kind of person who has trouble with chronic sinus infections and recurrent sinusitis, then a Balloon Sinuplasty procedure may be right for you. Having blocked sinus pathways can prevent effective drainage, airflow and proper healing from a sinus infection.
If you have experienced multiple episodes of sinusitis and over-the-counter medications, antibiotics, and first-line treatments fail to resolve your symptoms, balloon sinuplasty may be an appropriate treatment option for you.
A Balloon Sinuplasty procedure will gently expand your sinus openings and drainage pathways to restore airflow, aid with drainage and helps with healing. After locating the treatment area and applying local anesthesia, your physician will place a small balloon in the nasal pathway, inflate the balloon to dilate the treatment area, and then deflate and remove the balloon.
How long does a Balloon Sinuplasty procedure take?
The length of time for this procedure is dependent on your specific condition and anatomy. You should expect to spend around one and a half to two hours at our office, to allow time for pretreatment preparation and post-treatment examination. Schedule a Balloon Sinuplasty consultation with Dr. Saccogna to better understand the details of your procedure.
What is the average Balloon Sinuplasty recovery time?
Many patients who have a Balloon Sinuplasty procedure can resume normal activities immediately. Dr. Saccogna may recommend that you refrain from some strenuous activities (such as heavy lifting) for a week after the treatment.
Is a Balloon Sinuplasty procedure successful?
Absolutely. 96% of patients undergoing a Balloon Sinuplasty procedure have reported significant improvement in sinusitis symptoms. Learn more about Balloon Sinuplasty and results of this procedure by visiting the FAQ page on balloonsinuplasty.com.
What are the risks of Balloon Sinuplasty?
As with any medical intervention, potential risks and complications can exist. If you are interested in a Balloon Sinuplasty procedure, you should consult with Dr. Saccogna to determine if your specific condition presents any special risks or concerns. Possible side effects include but are not limited to post-operative bleeding; pain and swelling; allergic reaction to anesthesia or other medications administered during the procedure; or infection.
Are you awake during a Balloon Sinuplasty procedure?
A Balloon Sinuplasty procedure is usually an outpatient procedure. Most patients undergo the in-office procedure with general anesthesia, but it varies from patient to patient.
Will Medicare pay for Balloon Sinuplasty?
Most insurance companies and Medicare will cover Balloon Sinuplasty if considered medically reasonable and necessary. To be certain of your level of insurance coverage, contact your insurance provider to find out your specific policy.