Balloon Sinuplasty is a safe in-office procedure used to treat chronic sinusitis. Unlike more traditional surgical sinus treatments, this requires no cutting or removal of any bone or tissue. This treatment is ideal for those whose inflamed sinuses do not respond well to medication.
A small and flexible deflated balloon is inserted into an inflamed sinus with the help of a guide wire. Once the balloon has been placed in the right position it is inflated, opening up the sinus. The inflated balloon is able to widen and restructure the walls of the sinus without affecting the integrity of the lining. Saline is sprayed into the opened sinus to flush out any trapped bacteria or mucus. The balloon is then deflated and removed, leaving a clean and open sinus behind.
The procedure is often able to be performed in the comfort of your doctor’s office, under local anesthesia. Since the procedure is minimally invasive it has a faster and less painful recovery time; most are able to resume their normal activates after a few days.