Balloon Sinuplasty F.A.Q.’s

What is in-office balloon sinuplasty (sinus dilation)?

Balloon sinuplasty (sinus dilation) is a minimally invasive treatment for chronic or recurrent sinusitis. In a balloon sinuplasty procedure, your physician uses a small balloon to dilate or expand the sinus opening and drainage pathways to restore sinus drainage. Balloon sinuplasty can be performed in an office, under local anesthesia.

How does balloon sinuplasty work to treat chronic or recurrent sinusitis?

In chronic and recurrent sinusitis, blocked sinus drainage pathways can prevent effective drainage and healing. When first line medication therapies fail to resolve symptoms and inflammation, or patients experience multiple bouts of sinusitis, balloon sinuplasty may be an appropriate treatment option. The goal of balloon sinuplasty is to expand the sinus openings and drainage pathways in order to aid drainage and promote healing. After locating the treatment area and applying local anesthesia, your physician will place the small balloon, inflate the balloon to dilate the treatment area, and then deflate and remove the balloon.

How long does the balloon sinuplasty procedure take?

Procedure length is dependent on your specific condition and anatomy. You should expect to spend around one and a half to two hours at the office, to allow time for pretreatment preparation and post treatment examination. Consult your physician to better understand the details of your procedure.

What are the benefits of an in office balloon sinuplasty procedure?

Office based procedures performed under local anesthesia allow you to avoid the negative effects, costs or risks associated with general anesthesia.

Will the procedure require any anesthesia?

Balloon sinuplasty can be performed under local anesthesia, in an office. In certain circumstances, balloon sinuplasty may also be used in combination with modern sinus surgery tools. In these instances, it may be performed in an operating room, under general anesthesia.

How quickly after treatment can I return to normal activities?

Many patients can resume normal activities immediately. Your doctor may recommend you refrain from very strenuous activities (such as heavy lifting) for a week after the treatment.

Are there any potential risks and complications associated with balloon sinuplasty?

As with any medical intervention, potential risks and complications exist with balloon sinuplasty. All patients should consult their doctors to determine if their conditions present any special risks. Your physician will review potential complications of balloon sinuplasty at consultation. Possible side effects include but are not limited to post-operative bleeding; pain and swelling; allergic reaction to anesthesia or other medications administered during the procedure; or infection. Your condition may not respond to this treatment.

Is balloon sinuplasty suitable for everyone?

Only your physician can tell you if balloon sinuplasty is a viable option to treat your sinusitis. Experience has shown that many patients with recurring or persistent sinusitis can be treated with balloon sinuplasty. Interested in discussing this with Dr. Alexiou? Book an appointment today!