Millions of Americans suffer from symptoms associated with chronic sinusitis, an inflammation or swelling of the tissue lining the sinuses. At Orange Coast ENT Head & Neck Surgery, we are one of the few offices in Orange County that offers in office Balloon Sinuplasty™ procedures, a surgical treatment of blocked sinuses. If you have been diagnosed with chronic sinusitis and are not responding well to antibiotics, you may be a candidate for surgery.
Do You Suffer from the Following Symptoms?
- Facial congestion/fullness
- Nasal blockage
- Nasal discharge
- Dental pain
- Bad breath
We Can Offer Lasting Relief
With Balloon Sinuplasty™, you now have a less invasive option that is clinically proven to be safe and effective, and can improve the quality of your life. Balloon Sinuplasty™ devices provide an endoscopic, catheter-based system for patients suffering from sinusitis. Recently published data in the leading ENT journal shows that the technology is safe and effective: study participants experienced no adverse events and received significant relief from their symptoms.
Convenient, Comfortable & Cost Effective
Balloon sinus dilation keeps sinus passages open, offering long-term relief from the problems associated with sinusitis. Multiple studies show patients experienced less facial pain, improved sleep, less use of antibiotics, fewer visits to the doctor, and were more able to perform day-to-day activities at home and work.
Balloon sinus dilations can be performed at our offices and a typical procedure lasts less than 45 minutes. Many patients resume normal activities the same day. Depending on your insurance coverage, the in-office procedure may reduce the procedure costs you pay.
How Balloon Sinuplasty™ Works
After local anesthesia to numb your sinus tissue, our highly trained physicians Dr. Pettis or Dr. Balaker will insert and gently inflate the balloon to dilate the treatment area. The balloon dilation expands the sinus pathways to restore drainage. After five seconds, the balloon is deflated and removed.
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.