Recovery From Our In-office Balloon Sinus Dilation Procedures

Recovery From Our In-office Balloon Sinus Dilation Procedures

We often say that balloon sinus procedures (also called sinuplasty) has a “fast recovery,” but we would like to provide you with more specific information about the recovery from sinus surgery.

Balloon sinus dilation is performed in many cases in less than one hour. Patients often elect to take a mild sedative pill before the procedure but can also elect to have the procedure without any medication before hand. As soon as 10 or 15 minutes after surgery and resume your normal level of activity. We do recommend that you rest and recover in a quiet environment that same day. You will generally be able to go back to work or your everyday life the very next day.

The chart below depicts typical recovery time and events that most (but not all) patients can expect (source: Entellus):

There is a chance that you will have some minor pain related to the surgery. In general, patients who have a balloon sinus surgery will not need prescription pain medication, and if so, for only a day or less. This is much less that what is usually required for endoscopic sinus surgery.

When you schedule your surgery at Del Rey Sinus & Allergy Institute, we will provide you with comprehensive pre- and post-surgery instructions. On the day of your procedure, you may have some anxiety, so we may give you an oral sedative or anesthesia, but many patients do not need either.
After the procedure, you may experience light bleeding. There is almost never any nasal packing required. The common risks of our in-office nasal procedure include minor pain, nosebleeds, fainting, and fast heartbeat in the case of local anesthesia. This minimally invasive surgery involves the modification of delicate bones that separate the nose and sinuses from the brain and the eye, which is a very sensitive area. The significant experience of Dr. Farhad Sigari and the Del Rey Sinus & Allergy Institute team helps avoid any complications of surgery.

Thanks to our local our revolutionary local anesthetic protocol we can often perform even the more advanced sinus procedure all in the comfort of our office without the need of general anesthesia.

One of the most helpful factors in fast recovery is our use of the Propel sinus stent.

The stent holds nasal passages open while delivering medication to reduce inflammation and promote healing. The stent dissolves by itself after about 45 days.

And for the most advanced and revision cases we can implement Image Guided Computer Aided procedures. Del Rey Sinus and Allergy Institute is one of the first and few centers in the country that has Fiagon Image guided system available for in office use!

Once the procedure has been completed, our patients experience long-term relief from their sinus symptoms. You should not need to have another procedure for many years, if ever.

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