Patients often ask us questions about their sinus conditions, and how we treat them. These are some of the most frequently asked questions about balloon sinus dilation:
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 doctor uses a small balloon to dilate or expand the sinus opening and drainage pathways to restore sinus drainage.
Unlike traditional sinus surgery, balloon sinus dilation can be performed right here in the doctor’s office, under local anesthesia if needed.
How does this procedure work to treat chronic or recurrent sinusitis?
With chronic sinusitis, blocked sinuses 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 dilation may be an appropriate treatment option.
The goal of 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 depends 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 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. 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 this procedure.