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The Role of Balloon Sinuplasty in Treating Chronic Sinusitis: What You Need to Know

Chronic sinusitis, characterized by inflammation of the sinuses that lasts for 12 weeks or longer, affects millions of people worldwide. Chronic sinusitis is responsible for symptoms like nasal congestion, facial pain and difficulty breathing, all of which are detrimental to quality of life. While traditional treatments such as medications and nasal sprays can provide relief for some people, others may require a more targeted approach to manage symptoms. That’s where balloon sinuplasty comes in; it’s the most innovative approach to treating chronic sinusitis. But what do you need to know about it?

Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure designed to open blocked sinus passages and promote drainage. Unlike traditional sinus surgery, which involves removing tissue and bone to enlarge the sinus openings, balloon sinuplasty utilizes a small, flexible balloon catheter to gently dilate the sinus openings without the need for incisions, so normal sinus function can be restored while preserving the surrounding tissue.

During a balloon sinuplasty procedure, the patient is typically placed under local or general anesthesia for comfort. The ENT specialist inserts a small, lighted endoscope into the nasal passages to see the sinus anatomy. A balloon catheter is then guided into the blocked sinus opening and inflated to gently widen the passage. Once the sinus is adequately dilated, the balloon is deflated and removed, allowing for improved drainage and ventilation of the sinuses.

Balloon sinuplasty has many benefits, including:

  • A minimally invasive approach. Compared to traditional sinus surgery, balloon sinuplasty is less invasive, results in less postoperative discomfort, causes minimal bleeding and has faster recovery times.
  • Preservation of the sinus anatomy. Unlike traditional surgery, which may involve removing tissue and bone, balloon sinuplasty preserves the natural anatomy of the sinuses, reducing the risk of scarring or complications.
  • Effectiveness. Balloon sinuplasty has been shown to provide effective and long-lasting relief for patients suffering from chronic sinusitis.
  • A faster return to daily activities. Balloon sinuplasty can be performed on an outpatient basis, allowing patients to return home the same day and resume normal activities shortly after.

Balloon sinuplasty is typically recommended for those with chronic sinusitis who have not responded to more conservative treatments such as medication and nasal sprays. Balloon sinuplasty offers a safe, effective and minimally invasive option for treating chronic sinusitis and improving quality of life. If you’re struggling with chronic sinus symptoms that haven’t responded to traditional treatments, it may be time to explore the potential benefits of balloon sinuplasty. Call Biltmore ENT at (602) 560-1085 to find out if balloon sinuplasty is right for you.