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What is Balloon Sinuplasty?
Chronic sinusitis is the most common cause of missed work and decreased productivity in the U.S. Do you suffer from chronic sinusitis? Are you constantly battling a sinus infection that just won’t go away? If so, you may want to look into Balloon Sinuplasty, a minimally-invasive, in-office procedure that is far less painful and invasive than traditional sinus surgery. More than 380,000 patients have benefited from this groundbreaking procedure, and you can, too!
How does it work?
This gentle, in-office procedure opens the nasal passages to allow proper drainage to occur. First, a small surgical balloon is inserted into the nasal passage and slowly inflated to open the sinuses. Then, a saline solution is gently sprayed to clean out any remaining infection. Finally, the balloon is removed, which leaves the sinuses open. When the surgical balloon is inflated, the walls of the sinus passageway are restructured and widened, while maintaining the integrity of the lining of the sinuses.
Is it safe?
Yes! Balloon Sinuplasty has proven to be safe in clinical studies. Patients have experienced no device-related adverse events. As far as anesthesia is concerned, a sedative is typically administered initially to calm the nerves, an anesthetic spray is applied to the inside of the nose when prepping for the procedure, and an additional anesthetic application is used right before the procedure begins. In fact, for a minimally invasive procedure, it delivers maximum results. Most patients typically experience a considerable improvement in their quality of life due to the significant improvement in their sinusitis symptoms.
Is it right for me?
You should always talk with your doctor about any symptoms you may be experiencing. Depending on your insurance, you may be required to have a referral to see an ENT. If you are experiencing acute or chronic sinus infections, this procedure may be ideal for you.