If you suffer from sinus issues, you know how debilitating they can be. The good news is, there is help for this condition. A balloon sinuplasty can help you find permanent relief from chronic symptoms of sinusitis. This is a non-invasive procedure that can be done in the office, using local anesthesia.
Even though a balloon sinuplasty is an effective treatment for chronic sinus issues, some people are still reluctant to have it done. Why? Many are worried about the recovery time and potential side effects related to the procedure. Learning more about the procedure is the best way to know if it is right for you.
What to Expect from a Balloon Sinuplasty Procedure for Sinus Relief
One of the first things you should know is that a balloon sinuplasty is a type of medical procedure. As a result, there are possible risks. However, when it comes to medical procedures as a whole, there is very little to worry about with this treatment. Some of the most common issues include:
- An allergic reaction because of the anesthesia: Since only a very small amount of anesthesia is used, on a small area of your body, it is very unlikely that you are going to have any side effects. However, it is possible (yet rare) to have a reaction.
- Infection: It is also unlikely that you will develop an infection after this procedure because it is non-invasive; however, you may be sent home with an antibiotic to ensure you don’t develop one.
- Pain: Some patients state that the procedure causes pressure in their sinus cavity; however, not pain. In most cases, the pressure resolves quickly.
- Postoperative bleeding: The nose tissue is very sensitive and even a slight scratch can result in bleeding. Additionally, you should expect to experience some minor blood drainage, similar to what happens when you are congested.
- Swelling: The body’s normal response to a foreign body is inflammation. When the procedure is done, the balloon and tube are unfamiliar, which means some swelling could occur.
The recovery time after a balloon sinuplasty procedure will vary from one person to another; however, on average a patient is back to themselves in just 24 to 48 hours. In fact, most people go back to work the day following the procedure, without issue.
Who is a Candidate for the Procedure to Relieve Sinus Discomfort?
If you are someone who suffers from chronic cases of sinus pressure, dizziness, pain and ongoing infections, then you may be a candidate for the balloon sinuplasty procedure. The best way to know is to schedule an appointment with your doctor to determine if this is the case. They will be able to evaluate your condition and determine whether or not the procedure would be beneficial for your particular situation.
You can find out more about the balloon sinuplasty procedure, as well as other sinus treatments by contacting the staff at the office of Doctor Joshua P. Light MD at 561-737-8584. You can have your sinus issues evaluated and a customized treatment plan can be developed to help you find relief.