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A balloon catheter is inserted into the inflamed sinus
The balloon is inflated to expand the sinus opening
Saline is sprayed into sinus to flush out the pus and mucus
The system is removed, leaving the sinuses open
Balloon Sinuplasty requires no cutting or removal of nasal bone or tissue. The treatment can be completed in an ENT office and does not require general anesthesia, saving our Richmond Balloon Sinuplasty patients money and lowering the risk of possible complications. Compared to traditional sinus surgery which requires a lengthy and delicate recovery process, Balloon Sinuplasty allows patients to return to normal daily activities within about two days.
Yes, Balloon Sinuplasty was cleared for use by the FDA in 2005. Since then it has continued to grow in popularity among otolaryngologists and patients alike and has one of the highest satisfaction rates among sinus procedures to date.
Yes, studies consistently show a success rate of about 95% for Balloon Sinuplasty. Therefore, we can confidently say that Balloon Sinuplasty is a safe and effective way to alleviate chronic sinus problems. Those suffering from chronic sinus pressure and pain, headaches, frequent sinus infections, decreased sense of smell and unrelenting congestion among other complaints, can benefit from the long-lasting effects of in-office sinuplasty.
The results of Balloon Sinuplasty are long-lasting. It is uncommon for individuals to require repeat procedures but there are special circumstances and how long your sinuses stay open may depend on the extent of your sinus disease or other factors. Most cases of recurrent symptoms can successfully be managed with medication or other remedies.
At least 375,000 patients have been treated with Balloon Sinuplasty at the time of this writing, it is suspected that the number is much greater than this given its extreme popularity and high success rate.
The advantages of Balloon Sinuplasty over traditional sinus surgery are numerous. Here are a few: