Balloon Sinuplasty

Balloon Sinuplasty Specialist
If your sinuses become inflamed frequently or sinus-related symptoms linger on and on, you may be a good candidate for balloon sinuplasty. Guadalupe ENT in Seguin and New Braunfels, Texas is pleased to offer the minimally invasive alternative to traditional sinus surgeries. Contact us to schedule an appointment.

Balloon Sinuplasty Q & A

What is Sinusitis?

Sinusitis - inflamed sinuses - (the hollow spaces within bones that surround your nose), swell or become infected, thus impeding the flow of air through the nose. Symptoms may include coughing, congestion, fever, fatigue, and weakness. You may also experience postnasal drip, or mucus draining into your throat.

Types of Sinusitis Include:

  • Acute sinusitis: lasts up to 4 weeks
  • Chronic sinusitis: lasts 4-12 weeks
  • Recurrent sinusitis: lasts more than 12 weeks
  • Subacute sinusitis: causes several attacks within a year

What is Balloon Sinuplasty?

Balloon sinuplasty is an endoscopic procedure that treats chronic sinusitis symptoms. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved, minimally invasive method uses a small, flexible sinus balloon catheter to reopen blocked sinus passageways, restoring normal function and drainage. In other words, it opens up your sinuses, bringing relief from bothersome symptoms.

How is it Different From Other Sinus Surgeries?

Compared to other sinus surgeries, balloon sinuplasty brings a shorter, less painful recovery period, and minimal bleeding. This is because no bones or tissue are cut during the procedure.

What are the Benefits of In-Office Balloon Sinuplasty?

Dr. Hennessee offers balloon sinuplasty in an office setting for patients who qualify. The less invasive option uses only local anesthesia, making it a valuable choice for people who cannot undergo general anesthesia. It also offers a fast recovery time, allowing most people to return to their usual activities within about 2 days. The setting is comfortable and out-of-pocket costs tend to be lower. Patients also tend to report high satisfaction following the procedure.

Can Kids Have Balloon Sinuplasty?

Balloon sinuplasty can help minimize sinus problems for children. While it is considered safe and effective, Dr. Hennessee can determine if it is the best option for your child.

What Happens During the Procedure?

There are 4 main steps to balloon sinuplasty:

  1. The flexible, small balloon catheter is inserted into the inflamed sinus.
  2. The attached balloon is inflated, which expands the opening of the sinus.
  3. Saline is sprayed into the sinus to flush out mucus and pus.
  4. The catheter system is gently removed, leaving your sinuses open.

Are There Any Risks?

Balloon sinuplasty is gentler and less invasive than other sinus surgeries, so complications are less likely. That said, it does bring risks such as infection, trauma to tissue or mucosa, and optic injury.

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