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Balloon Sinus Dilation

Instant recovery, lasting relief

If you suffer from poor sinus drainage, you already know that antibiotics, decongestants, and steroids can do only so much. Balloon sinus dilation is a simple office procedure that gently expands the natural sinus openings to fix underlying drainage problems.

Until recently, sufferers of chronic or recurrent sinusitis were limited to two treatment options: medication therapy or aggressive sinus surgery. Fortunately, advances in medical science have opened new doors. Now there's a treatment that can be performed in your doctor’s office without the need for cutting or tissue removal.

Balloon sinus dilation is a minimally invasive office procedure, performed under local anesthesia, that delivers immediate and long-lasting relief.1 Your doctor will reshape your sinus pathways by inflating small balloons in key places in the nose and sinuses, restoring drainage.

Balloon Sinus Dialation


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Frequently Asked Questions

What is in office balloon sinus dilation?

Balloon sinus dilation is a minimally invasive treatment for chronic or recurrent sinusitis. In a balloon sinus dilation procedure, your physician uses a small balloon to dilate or expand the sinus opening and drainage pathways to restore sinus drainage.

Balloon sinus dilation can be performed in an office, under local anesthesia.

How does balloon sinus dilation 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 sinus dilation may be an appropriate treatment option.

The goal of balloon sinus dilation 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 sinus dilation 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 sinus dilation 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 sinus dilation can be performed under local anesthesia, in an office.

In certain circumstances, balloon sinus dilation 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 sinus dilation?

As with any medical intervention, potential risks and complications exist with balloon sinus dilation. All patients should consult their doctors to determine if their conditions present any special risks. Your physician will review potential complications of balloon sinus dilation 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 sinus dilation suitable for everyone?

Only your physician can tell you if balloon sinus dilation is a viable option to treat your sinusitis. Experience has shown that many patients with recurring or persistent sinusitis can be treated with balloon sinus dilation.

For more information on balloon sinus dilation, or office based sinus treatments, visit www.SinusSurgeryOptions.com.


Patient Testimonials

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"Before surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty, my normal day started with a headache, sinus congestion and a battle with sinus infections. Along with not being able to take normal breathes through my nose. I tried various over-the-counter medications to fight only to get some or no relief at all.

I experienced immediate results after surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty. No more waking up with headaches, sinus congestion and no more battle with sinus infections. I can now breathe fully through both nostrils. I had no pain after surgery and the recovery was so easy to go through.

It’s been a few months since the procedure and I feel awesome! No more sinus problems or headaches and taking breaths through my nose is like no other feeling!"

- Sue B.

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