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Balloon Sinuplasty

Balloon Sinuplasty is a procedure that is less invasive than traditional sinus surgery. Prior to the development of using balloons as part of sinus surgery, the procedure required the surgeon to make modifications of the bone, cartilage, and soft tissue. This invasive procedure caused patients to have lengthy recoveries and painful symptoms after surgery.

Compared to traditional techniques, this surgery provides several reasons why patients are choosing this alternative. Balloon Sinuplasty offers:

  • A less invasive technique
  • Shorter downtime
  • Fewer post-surgery issues

 

What conditions are treated with Balloon Sinuplasty?

This surgery may be recommended by the medical team at Gulf Coast Facial Plastics and ENT Center in Panama Center if you experience:

  • Decreased ability to smell
  • Headaches in the sinus area
  • Green or yellow sinus drainage
  • Pain and pressure in the facial area
  • Chronic or frequent congestion
  • Trouble breathing at night while sleeping

 

How is the surgical procedure performed?

Typically, balloon surgery does not require anesthesia, because no tissue or bone is cut; however, we may use a local anesthesia to help you remain comfortable. Then, a small catheter is inserted into the nasal passage. At the end of the catheter is a balloon that is inflated once the instrument is inside the sinus passages. This technique opens the sinuses, and the surgeon administers a special solution to flush the area of any infection or other secretions.

How long should recovery take after Balloon Sinuplasty?

After a balloon procedure, most patients have found that absolutely no downtime is needed. Before you leave our practice, our medical team will provide complete aftercare instructions. After leaving our office, should you notice any unusual or concerning symptoms, contact our office immediately.

Some of our patients have required multiple balloon procedures in order to keep their sinus cavities and airways open, but most people receive relief from their symptoms immediately after only one procedure.

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