If you suffer from sinusitis, your doctor may recommend a procedure known as Balloon Sinuplasty. It is a state-of-the-art procedure performed by the Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist (ENT) in the office setting under local anesthesia. It is considered to be very safe and minimally invasive.
Candidates for Balloon Sinuplasty
People suffering from blocked sinuses leading to repeat sinus infection which is unresponsive to medical therapy are candidates for Balloon Sinuplasty. Others are those with chronic Migraine type headache and those suffering from headache brought about by travelling to higher elevations.
The Balloon Sinuplasty Procedure
During a Balloon Sinuplasty procedure, the doctor inserts a highly specialized balloon into the nostril while looking with an endoscope which projects the internal nasal / sinus view onto a large screen TV monitor. Once the blockage is identified, the doctor inserts and expands the balloon within the blocked sinus passage. The blockage will then open and will remain open once the balloon is removed.
Advantages of Balloon Sinuplasty
This procedure is considered very safe and effective. Patients need only local anesthesia and the entire procedure is usually performed in the doctor's office. It is less invasive than traditional sinus surgeries, so recovery time is much shorter. Most patients can return to work and other normal activities within 24 hours.
Studies published by the Official Journal of the American Academy of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery Foundation found that patients undergoing Balloon Sinuplasty experience relief of symptoms and an improved quality of life for two years or more. Unlike traditional sinus procedures, Balloon Sinuplasty does not remove any bone or tissue. This means quicker recovery and return to work.
It's important to find a doctor who specializes in performing the Balloon Sinuplasty procedure. Dr. Sassan Falsafi, a Board Certified Otolaryngologist, offers in-office Balloon Sinuplasty in Lafayette, CA. If you suffer from chronic sinusitis or headache that has not responded to traditional treatments, schedule an appointment today to find out if Balloon Sinuplasty is right for you.