Chronic sinusitis can be painful and disruptive to your life. If you have suffered from repeated sinus infections that cause headaches, breathing problems and sinus pain, there are options to help restore breathing and reduce the chance of infection. One of the preferred methods for treating chronic sinusitis is balloon sinus surgery or balloon sinuplasty, a minimally-invasive procedure performed by sinus specialists.
How is Balloon Sinuplasty Performed?
When the sinuses are inflamed, they become narrow. This restricts breathing and traps bacteria and infection in the sinus cavities. Balloon sinuplasty is an outpatient procedure that can be used to open up the sinus passages and allow a cleansing. To perform the procedure, the following steps are commonly used:
- Anesthesia may be given to the patient to reduce discomfort during the procedure
- A balloon catheter is inserted into the sinus cavity and inflated to widen and reshape the sinuses
- A saline solution is used to flush out the sinuses
- The balloon catheter is removed, leaving the sinuses reshaped and open
The benefits of balloon sinuplasty is that there are no incisions or changes to the tissues or bones. There is limited recovery time and hospitalization is not needed in most cases; patients can go home as soon as the anesthesia wears off and the procedure is considered a success. There is usually very little aftercare needed and patients can return to their normal routine over the next week.
For many people with chronic sinus problems, balloon sinuplasty can be a minimally-invasive option to offer relief and prevent future sinus infections. To learn more, consult a sinus specialist to see if this procedure is an option for you.
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New York Sinusitis Treatment
Columbus Circle Office
200 W. 57th Street Suite 1410
New York, NY 10019