Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that helps treat chronic inflammation of the sinuses. Because it is so minimally invasive, you can receive this treatment at your ENT’s office. The procedure uses a small catheter and balloon (hence the name) that helps open and expand blocked sinus passages.
This procedure has already been used in over 300,000 patients around the country. The technology has been cleared by the FDA and it is meant to help restore normal sinus drainage. The device is also supported by the American Academy of Otolaryngology as well as the American Rhinologic Society.
Why Balloon Sinuplasty?
Originally, patients with chronically blocked sinuses had to rely on medications. While medication does help thousands of patients each year, there are those that do not have the same success and need something more. Conventional surgery is not as easy as a balloon sinuplasty. In fact, patients would have to go through general anesthesia and then have bone and tissue removed to open the blocked passages.
This surgery is not for everyone, especially those who are not healthy enough for general anesthesia. Balloon sinuplasty was created to give patients an alternative to medication and conventional surgery.
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A balloon sinuplasty carries many benefits too, including:
- It’s Safe and Effective – While every surgical procedure carries its own level of risk, clinical research has shown that a balloon sinuplasty is safe and effective.
- Minimally Invasive – Unlike conventional surgery, which is very invasive. This new technology uses only a flexible, soft device that enters through then nostrils and helps open sinus passages.
- Minimal Bleeding – In conventional surgery, bone and tissue is removed. In this procedure, you do not have bone or tissue removed surgically, which means less bleeding. Some patients experience minor bleeding.
- Faster Recovery Times – This is an outpatient procedure done at your ENTs office; therefore, you go home the same day and can return to activities quickly.
- Treatment Options – This treatment option can be used with other treatments so that you are not limited in the future.
Is a Balloon Sinuplasty Right for Me?
The only way to tell if balloon sinuplasty is right for you is to have a consultation with an ENT. An ENT will evaluate your history, see how often you suffer from blocked sinuses, and rule out any other treatment options. Most patients with histories of recurring blocked sinuses will qualify for balloon sinuplasty.
If you want to see if you’re a candidate, make an appointment with West Palm Beach top rated ENT doctor Dr. Light today. Dr. Light can tell you after one appointment if you’re a candidate. Call now at 561-737-8584.