In-office Balloon Sinuplasty is a safe and effective way for Dayton area ENT patients to alleviate chronic sinus problems. Those suffering from chronic sinus pressure and pain, headaches, frequent sinus infections, decreased sense of smell and unrelenting congestion among other complaints, can benefit from the long-lasting effects of in-office sinuplasty. Unlike tradition sinus surgeries which often remove bone and tissue to restructure the sinuses, Balloon Sinuplasty is less invasive and helps sinuses drain better by simply expanding the passageways with a balloon, very similar to the technique used to dilate arteries in angioplasties.
Performed in the comfort of an office setting under local anesthesia, most Dayton Balloon Sinuplasty patients find the procedure is not only effective but convenient and less costly than sinus procedures done in the hospital. In-office Balloon Sinuplasty typically takes an hour or so depending on the patient. Recovery is speedy compared to other sinus procedures and most are back to daily activities within a day or two.
Nasal sprays are used to administer local anesthesia so the nasal and sinus passageways are numb during the procedure. A light anti-anxiety medication can also be given if needed. Once anesthetized, a small, flexible guidewire is inserted through nasal passageways into the sinus cavity. Then the balloon is inserted over the guidewire and once in place, is gently expanded to widen the blocked sinus passageway. Widening the passage that leads out of the sinus cavity allows for more effective draining, thus relieving a multitude of sinus complaints, in some cases immediately following the procedure. After expansion, the balloon is deflated and slowly removed leaving a restructured and properly functioning sinus. Most Dayton Balloon Sinuplasty patients report little to no discomfort during the procedure.
While some may experience immediate relief from in-office sinuplasty, it is not uncommon to experience some post-procedure swelling and congestion. The full benefits of the procedure are generally felt after three to four weeks. Aftercare is minimal but often requires saline nasal sprays to keep the passageways moist, along with intranasal corticosteroids to decrease any inflammation and swelling. Post-procedure instructions often include things like no forceful blowing of the nose and avoidance of activities that could cause trauma to the nose.
In-office Balloon Sinuplasty is revolutionizing the treatment of chronic sinus ailments, and patient satisfaction is extremely high. It is safe, convenient, effective, and minimally invasive. For those who are candidates, it provides a significantly less expensive option to traditional sinus surgery.
To find out if you are candidate, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with us at DeVore Katz Michaelson ENT. Our board certified staff has been helping Dayton ear, nose and throat patients since 1991 and we’re excited to help you next!