What Is Balloon Sinuplasty?
Hundreds of patients who suffer from the sinus pain and pressure associated with chronic sinusitis have sought out Dr. Philip J. Miller, a leading NYC rhinoplasty surgeon and otolaryngologist, for help. Though Dr. Miller does not perform sinus surgery, he does work with the best sinus surgeons and they perform the nasal and sinus procedure together. The patient benefits from undergoing anesthesia just once, while two experts in their field perform their specialized procedures.
What Is Balloon Sinuplasty?
Balloon sinuplasty is a popular, less-invasive treatment designed to open up blocked sinus passageways and help drain mucus buildup in patients who suffer from chronic sinusitis.
Balloon sinuplasty uses a small, inflatable catheter – a balloon catheter – to open up blocked sinus passageways. The balloon catheter is inserted through the nostril and into the inflamed sinus. The catheter is then inflated to expand the sinus opening.
Once the sinus is opened, the sinus is flushed with a saline solution to remove built-up mucus. When the mucus is removed, the balloon catheter is deflated and removed. The sinus then maintains the improved, wider shape.
Balloon sinuplasty takes approximately 3 hours, including anesthesia recovery time. Patients are able to go home the day of the procedure.
What Are The Benefits Of Balloon Sinuplasty?
Patients suffering from chronic sinusitis turn to balloon sinuplasty for the many benefits, including:
The nature of the procedure allows your sinus passageways to be opened through non-surgical or invasive means. This results in no long healing period and minimal risk of complications. The passageways are immediately opened, providing instantaneous drainage and relief.
If you prefer to avoid general anesthesia or cannot tolerate it due to medical reasons, this procedure can be completed under only localized anesthesia.
Since there is no cutting or removal of bone or tissue, you can usually return to normal activities within a few days.
Balloon sinuplasty enjoys a very successful track record. Most patients would recommend the procedure to family and friends for relief from chronic sinusitis.
Am I A Good Candidate For Balloon Sinuplasty?
If you have been diagnosed with chronic sinusitis or you suffer from recurrent sinus infections, sinus headaches, facial pressure or pain and you have not responded favorably to medication or other treatments, you may be a good candidate for balloon sinuplasty.
However, not every patient with chronic sinusitis is a candidate for balloon sinuplasty. While balloon sinuplasty excels at opening and widening sinuses, the nature of the procedure means balloon sinuplasty cannot remove nasal polyps or treat heavily scarred sinus openings. For patients with those conditions, more traditional surgical procedures may be warranted.
To determine if balloon sinuplasty is the right treatment for you, a consultation with a qualified otolaryngologist, such as Dr. Miller, is required. During the consultation, Dr. Miller will review your patient history, evaluate your symptoms, thoroughly examine you and review or order a sinus CT scan to determine if balloon sinuplasty will be effective for you. If so, he will refer you to a specialist in the field.
How Do I Find Out More About Balloon Sinuplasty?
If you are interested in balloon sinuplasty, please get in touch to set up your consultation in Dr. Miller’s NYC office. You can call the office at (646) 791-3112 or simply complete our Contact Form to get started.