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Balloon Sinus Dilation (Balloon Sinuplasty) FAQs

We believe that making an informed decision alongside your doctor is an important part of your overall health and can sometimes be the difference between an effective and ineffective means of treatment for chronic sinus issues. Your lifestyle and medical history of course plays a role in treatment, and any questions you may have can be directly answered by your ENT. In a medical environment, however, it can be tough to remember the information you are given, or even to know which questions to ask while at your appointment.

Below are some frequently asked questions about the Balloon Dilation procedure, asked by patients like yourself, and answered by ENT professionals, such as those at Collier Otolaryngology. This is useful as a guide to having an open conversation with your doctor on discussing your specific medical condition.

How effective is the Balloon Sinus procedure at treating my Chronic SInusitis?

If you suffer with a chronic sinusitis condition that has not responded to medications, you may be a candidate for Balloon Sinus Dilation. This minimally invasive procedure, which involves no cutting, removal of tissue or nasal packing, has an overall 96% rate of reported success from patients who have suffered from Chronic Sinusitis problems for years. Since 2005, more than 375,000 patients have been treated safely with balloon sinus dilation procedures, with most of these cases seeing clinically meaningful improvement in quality of life through 2 years following the procedure.

What are the risks associated with Balloon Sinus Dilation?

Balloon Sinuplasty is less invasive than traditional sinus surgery and thus has a reliably low complication rate, though there are some potential risks that exist with Balloon Sinuplasty, as with any other medical procedure. Possible side effects can include post-operative bleeding; some swelling and mild pain; allergic reaction to medications administered during the procedure; infection. There is also a small risk of tissue damage from the expansion. Your doctor can estimate which complications you're likely to face, based on your medical history.

Does Medicare pay for the Balloon Sinuplasty procedure?

Medicare, as well as most insurance companies, will cover Balloon Sinuplasty if considered medically necessary. To be certain of your level of insurance coverage, contact your insurance provider to find out the specific requirements of your  policy.

What is the average recovery time for the Balloon Sinus Dilation procedure?

Balloon Sinus Dilation recovery time varies with each patient. Most often, patients who undergo the in-office procedure can return to normal activities within two days or sooner.

What happens during the Balloon Sinus Dilation procedure?

The Balloon Sinus Dilation procedure gently expands drainage pathways to restore airflow within sinus openings. After locating the treatment area and applying a local anesthetic, your doctor will place the small balloon device in the nose, inflate the device to dilate the treatment area, and then deflate and remove the device.

What are some of the other benefits for patients who choose to undergo the Balloon Sinus Dilation procedure?

Aside from long-lasting relief from sinus pressure and pain, patients have reported the following benefits:

  • Quick recovery – most patients return to normal activity in 24-48 hours
  • Minimally invasive procedure – involves no cutting, removal of tissue or nasal packing, and much less recovery time than previous surgical remedies.
  • Convenience and comfort -  this procedure is performed in the office with local anesthesia, and can be done in under an hour.
  • Cost effectiveness – no more need for constant refills of over-the-counter medicines, hospital stay, general anesthesia or facility charges

Important Safety Information
Balloon Sinuplasty Technology is intended for use by or under the direction of a physician.  Consult your physician for a full discussion of associated risks and benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty Technology and to determine whether this procedure is right for you.

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