Balloon Sinuplasty: An Overview


The sinuses are interconnected hollow spaces in the skull that are lined with mucus secreting membranes. These mucus membranes can become infected and swollen causing blockage of the natural openings in the sinus passageways. When these openings become blocked, fluid within the sinuses cannot properly drain causing many people to suffer from congestion, facial pressure, and headaches – symptoms of sinusitis. Sinusitis affects millions of  people in the US each year. In Oklahoma, balloon sinuplasty is known to be a safe and effective procedure for many patients who suffer from chronic sinusitis. Depending on the specific health situation, it may be an option for those who experience repeated episodes of sinus infections or may not be responding well to medications. For patients who seek relief from persistent, painful sinusitis symptoms – balloon sinuplasty could be the solution.

Balloon sinuplasty is a modern, innovative approach that, unlike standard sinus surgery, does not include extensive removal of tissue or bone from the nose. As it is less invasive and traumatic than traditional sinus surgery, this procedure typically affords patients a faster return to normal daily activities.

To begin the procedure, an ENT physician will insert a balloon catheter into the blocked sinus passageways. The balloon is then gently enlarged to expand the natural opening of the sinuses allowing for fluid drainage. Upon successful drainage, effective pressure and pain relief are the result.

Oklahoma Sinuplasty Benefits

Local anesthesia is usually employed during this procedure. Recovery time for the patient is often reduced due to the use of local anesthesia. Also, this lessens the likelihood of adverse side effects on the body. For people who would otherwise not be considered a candidate for standard sinus surgery, because of age, health, fear of anesthesia, or previous adverse reaction to anesthesia, balloon sinuplasty may be a viable option.

Are You A Candidate For Balloon Sinuplasty?

Balloon sinuplasty is less invasive than endoscopic sinus surgery and is known to pose fewer risks when used to increase sinus openings, but this option may not apply to every patient. To find out if this surgical approach is right to treat your particular sinus symptoms, you will need to speak to a doctor at OKOA.

To promote and restore your health to the highest level – contact Oklahoma Otolaryngology Associates today!