Friday, January 30th, 2015
What You Need to Know About Balloon Sinuplasty
If you are one of the millions of people who suffers from sinus problems, you’ve likely heard of balloon sinuplasty. You probably don’t really know a whole lot about it, though. Today, I want to take a few minutes to clarify what balloon sinuplasty is, what it isn’t, and who it’s good for.
What Is Balloon Sinuplasty?
In the most basic sense, balloon sinuplasty is simply a tool used by sinus surgeries in some instances to perform sinus surgery. The technology is based on similar technology that is commonly used to dilate the blood vessels. Using a balloon to dilate the sinuses has been proven as a safe and effective treatment for chronic sinusitis. Once the sinuses are more opened up, they drain better, making infections less common and allowing those that do develop to clear more quickly.
Who is a Candidate?
Candidates for balloon sinuplasty are the same people who are good candidates for other types of sinus surgery. If you suffer from frequent sinus infections that do not clear up with medical therapy, balloon sinuplasty may be a good option for you.
Why Choose Balloon Sinuplasty?
Compared to traditional sinus surgery, balloon sinuplasty has a number of advantages. Because balloon sinuplasty does not require any tissue removal, the procedure is typically less painful, and recovery time is decreased. In addition, it is a minimally-invasive technique that can be performed in your doctor’s office without the need for general anesthetic.
Are There Any Disadvantages?
Balloon sinuplasty is not a one-size-fits-all solution, and not everyone has the same experience. While the lack of tissue removal makes this procedure less painful than other types of sinus surgery, the exact pain level still depends upon the severity of the disease. When the disease is not major, balloon sinuplasty is often an excellent option that results in less pain and discomfort. In more severe cases, though, the pain tends to be worse. In addition, patients with extensive sinus disease may not be good candidates for balloon sinuplasty.
Balloon Sinuplasty at Sinus and Snoring Centers of Texas
Here at Sinus and Snoring Centers of Texas, we offer fast and convenient in-office balloon sinuplasty. If you suffer from any of the following, please call us today or visit our website to schedule a free consultation.
- Sinus pressure
- Nasal discharge
- Reduced smell
- Stuffy nose
- Facial pressure or pain