Frequently Asked Questions

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So you've scheduled an appointment to discuss the options in front of you. You may have heard of Balloon Sinuplasty before, but aren't completely sure it's for you. Before going to your appointment,, it's good to have an idea of which questions to ask about the treatment, concerning your lifestyle, treatment preferences, and medical history. Here are a few questions, asked by patients like you, and answered by trusted experts about the procedure that can help you achieve long-lasting sinus relief.

What happens when a patient undergoes Balloon Sinuplasty for help with their Sinus Infections?

Balloon Sinuplasty is an outpatient procedure, which expands sinus openings to restore airflow, aid with drainage and provide relief and healing to those suffering with recurrent sinus infections. After locating the treatment area and applying local anesthesia, your ENT will place a small balloon device in the nose, inflate the device, which is shaped like a small balloon, to dilate the treatment area, and then deflate and remove the device.

I'm a chronic sinus sufferer. Can Balloon Sinuplasty really help me?

If you've had trouble with chronic and recurrent sinusitis, you can be helped significantly because blocked sinus pathways prevent effective drainage, airflow and healing from infections. Where medications have failed to relieve symptoms and inflammation in the past, Balloon Sinuplasty may ultimately provide the relief you've been searching for. It is recommended that you consult with your doctor on this to determine the right path for treatment.

How long does the procedure take?

Procedure length is dependent on your specific condition, and other medical factors such as your anatomy. To allow time for pretreatment preparation and post treatment examination, you should expect to spend around one and a half to two hours in our office. In general,  recovery time varies with each patient. Most patients who undergo the in-office procedure can return to normal activities within two days.

How successful is Balloon Sinuplasty?

96% of patients who opt for Balloon Sinuplasty have noticed drastic improvement and complete relief from their symptoms. It has been reported that since 2005, over 375,000 patients across America have been treated successfully with this procedure. In post-operative appointments, they've stated that Balloon Sinuplasty has brought them long-lasting relief from sinus pain. On average, about 6 patients in every 100 will require another procedure.

What are the risks involved with Balloon Sinuplasty?

Balloon Sinuplasty is less invasive than traditional sinus surgery and has a minimal complications. Possible side effects can include some bleeding post-procedure, pain and swelling of the affected area; allergic reaction to medications administered during the procedure; and infection. There is a small chance of tissue damage from the expansion. Your doctor is the best person to determine if your condition presents any special risks, especially in consideration of your previous medical history.

Is Balloon Sinuplasty good for treating snoring? Will my insurance cover it?

While it is a proven and safe technology to relieve chronic sinusitis, Balloon Sinuplasty can not be expected to affect snoring. It has been proven wholly effective in addressing sinus disease. Most insurances and Medicare will cover this procedure if it is found to be medically necessary for your condition. It is best to contact your provider to learn if Balloon Sinuplasty is covered under your individual plan.

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