What is Balloon Sinuplasty?
Balloon sinuplasty is an advanced treatment for chronic or recurrent sinusitis that can be performed in our office, under local anesthesia. For a balloon sinuplasty procedure, Dr. Saccogna uses a small balloon to dilate or expand the sinus opening and drainage pathways to restore sinus drainage.
How will balloon sinuplasty treat my chronic or recurrent sinusitis?
When someone has chronic and recurrent sinusitis, blocked sinus drainage pathways can prevent effective drainage and healing. When first-line medication therapies fail to resolve symptoms and inflammation, or patients experience multiple bouts of sinusitis, balloon sinuplasty may be an appropriate treatment option.
The goal of balloon sinuplasty is to expand the sinus openings in order to aid with sinus drainage and promote healing. After locating the treatment area and applying local anesthesia, your physician will place and inflate a small balloon to dilate the treatment area. The small balloon is then deflated and then removed from the area to restore drainage.
How long will the 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.
How quickly after treatment can I return to normal activities?
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.
What are the potential risks or complications associated with 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 concern. 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.
So, is balloon sinuplasty right for me?
Dr. Saccogna would be best to tell you if a balloon sinuplasty procedure is a viable option to treat your chronic sinusitis. Many of our patients who suffer from recurring or persistent sinusitis have be treated successfully with balloon sinuplasty.
How much does this treatment cost?
Many insurance plans are now covering the cost of a balloon sinuplasty procedure. Contact our office to inquire about cost and insurance coverage.