Nose and Sinus issues can have a severe impact on a patient’s quality of life. The staff at Easley Head and Neck Surgery are well-versed in the diagnoses and treatment of a wide-array of Nose and Sinus symptoms and conditions. Easley Head and Neck Surgery utilizes the latest technologies and treatment methods available to ensure relief from Sinus and Allergy conditions. Dr. Saccogna offers state of the art immunotherapy (shots) to actually cure Nose and Sinus conditions, not to just treat them.
Easley Head and Neck Surgery also offers state of the art, in-office, balloon sinuplasty under local anesthesia with some mild sedation.
FAQ for Balloon Sinus Surgery
What is in office balloon sinus dilation?
Balloon sinus dilation is a minimally invasive treatment for chronic or recurrent sinusitis. In a balloon sinus dilation procedure, Dr. Saccogna uses a small balloon to dilate or expand the sinus opening and drainage pathways to restore sinus drainage.
Balloon sinus dilation can be performed in our office, under local anesthesia.
How does balloon sinus dilation work to treat chronic or recurrent sinusitis?
In 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 sinus dilation may be an appropriate treatment option.
The goal of balloon sinus dilation is to expand the sinus openings and drainage pathways in order to aid drainage and promote healing. After locating the treatment area and applying local anesthesia, Dr. Saccogna will place the small balloon, inflate the balloon to dilate the treatment area, and then deflate and remove the balloon.
How long does the balloon sinus dilation procedure take?
Procedure length is dependent on your specific condition and anatomy. You should expect to spend around one and a half to two hours at the office, to allow time for pretreatment preparation and post treatment examination. Contact our office to better understand the details of your procedure.
What are the benefits of an in office balloon sinus dilation procedure?
Office based procedures performed under local anesthesia allow you to avoid the negative effects, costs or risks associated with general anesthesia.
Will the procedure require any anesthesia?
Balloon sinus dilation can be performed under local anesthesia, in our office. In certain circumstances, balloon sinus dilation may also be used in combination with modern sinus surgery tools. In these instances, it may be performed in an operating room, under general anesthesia.
How quickly after treatment can I return to normal activities?
Many patients can resume normal activities immediately. Dr. Saccogna may recommend you refrain from very strenuous activities (such as heavy lifting) for a week after the treatment.
Are there any potential risks and complications associated with balloon sinus dilation?
As with any medical intervention, potential risks and complications exist with balloon sinus dilation. All patients should consult their doctors to determine if their conditions present any special risks. Dr. Saccogna will review potential complications of balloon sinus dilation at consultation. 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. Your condition may not respond to this treatment.
Is balloon sinus dilation suitable for everyone?
Dr. Saccogna can tell you if balloon sinus dilation is a viable option to treat your sinusitis. Experience has shown that many patients with recurring or persistent sinusitis can be treated with balloon sinus dilation.
What is Dr. Saccogna’s experience with balloon sinus surgery?
Dr. Saccogna has extensive training in balloon sinus surgery and has performed several hundred balloon sinus procedures both in the operating room and in our in-office surgical suite at Easley Head and Neck Surgery.
Contact Easley Head and Neck Surgery for your balloon sinus surgery evaluation at 864-855-2411
Dr. Saccogna treats a broad range of ear, nose, and throat conditions in both children and adults. Services include:
- Hearing and Balance Disorders
- Allergy, Sinus, Nose, and Sleep Disorders
- Hearing Aids
- Head & Neck Surgery
- Facial Cosmetic Surgery