A Modern Procedure To Clear Your Blocked Sinuses

Balloon sinuplasty

Balloon sinuplasty, also known as balloon catheter dilation surgery, is a procedure to clear blocked sinuses. Balloon sinuplasty is recommended for people with chronic sinusitis when other treatments have been ineffective. The procedure requires no cutting and no removal of bones or tissue making it safer and straightforward; however, it is still a type of sinus surgery and carries some risk.

Balloon sinuplasty is an in-office procedure usually performed under local anesthesia. During the procedure, your doctor will insert a tiny flashlight at the end of a wire into your sinus cavity. This light will make it easier for the doctor to see when he inserts a very slim and flexible balloon catheter into your sinus passage. The balloon will then be inflated to expand the sinus opening.

How Does Balloon Sinuplasty Work?

The doctor will flush out any excess mucus or pus in the sinus cavity with a saline solution. You will feel a decrease in pressure almost immediately. While the balloon is in the sinus passage, it gently restructures the bones around your sinuses, making more room for drainage. Once the process is complete, the doctor will remove the balloon leaving the sinus passage widened and the sinus free of pressure. After a balloon sinuplasty, most people can return to their regular activities immediately. 

Following the surgery, you might see some bloody drainage or discharge coming from your nose for about a week, and it is normal. Some patients also experience swelling or fatigue, and congestion. Within a week, all of these symptoms should be gone.

During the first 24 hours, you will be instructed not to blow your nose, and for the first week, you should avoid strenuous activity that will elevate your heart rate because it can cause nosebleeds. Sleeping with your head elevated for the first week will help to relieve discomfort from the drainage. The quickest way to recover is to follow the instructions from the doctor. 

The greatest potential complication of any sinus procedure is intracranial complications that cause brain fluid to leak into your nose. This complication is rare and is usually fixed before the surgery is even over. There’s also a possibility that the appearance of your nose could change slightly after the surgery. Sometimes it’s just temporary swelling, but sometimes the nose looks different after the swelling goes away. Infection is also possible if you don’t follow the doctor’s instructions.





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