Balloon Sinuplasty FAQs

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What is Balloon Sinuplasty (Balloon Sinus Dilation)?

Balloon Sinuplasty may be the right treatment option for you, especially if medications and first line treatments have failed to help resolve your chronic and recurrent sinus infection symptoms and inflammation in the past.

This procedure gently expands your sinus openings and drainage pathways to restore airflow, assists with drainage and helps healing. After locating the treatment area and local anesthesia is applied, the physician will place and inflate a small balloon to dilate the treatment area. The balloon is then deflated and removed.

Is Balloon Sinus Dilation (Balloon Sinuplasty) successful?

Absolutely. In fact, 96% of patients undergoing a Balloon Sinuplasty procedure have reported drastic improvement in chronic sinus symptoms.

Does Medicare pay for Balloon Sinus Dilation (Balloon Sinuplasty)?

Most insurance companies and Medicare cover Balloon Sinuplasty if considered medically reasonable and necessary. To be certain of your level of insurance coverage, contact your insurance provider to find out your specific policy.

What is the average recovery time?

While recovery time varies with each patient, most patients who undergo the in-office procedure can return to normal activities within a couple days or sooner.

What are the risks?

Balloon Sinuplasty is less invasive than traditional sinus surgery and has a low complication rate. As with any medical procedure, potential risks and complications also exist with Balloon Sinuplasty. Make sure to consult with your doctor to determine if your condition presents any special risks.

Possible side effects can include, but are not limited to: pain and swelling, allergic reaction to anesthesia or other medications administered during the procedure, some post-op bleeding. There is also a small risk of mucosal/tissue damage from the expansion.

How long does the procedure take?

To allow time for pretreatment preparation and post treatment examination, you should expect to spend around one and a half to two hours in our office. Procedure length is dependent on your specific condition and anatomy.

Are you awake during the procedure?

Balloon Sinuplasty is usually an outpatient procedure. Most patients undergo the in-office procedure with general anesthesia, but it varies from patient to patient.

How to Relieve Sinus Pressure and Infection

Many treatments are available. If there is evidence of infection, Dr. Trimble may advise that you start using an inhaler or antibiotics regimen. If your sinus problems persist, you may want to consider surgery.

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