How is the balloon sinuplasty procedure performed?

The procedure is performed in a hospital, though sometimes it can be performed in the office of an ear, nose, and throat specialist.

Balloon sinuplasty also known as balloon catheter dilation surgery, it is not a surgical procedure, it is a minimally invasive procedure.

The phases of the procedure

The patient and his doctor will discuss the anesthesia plan before the procedure.

During balloon sinuplasty, the doctor will insert a tiny flashlight at the end of a wire into the patient’s sinus cavity, in order to see what he is doing and will insert a slim and flexible balloon catheter into the sinus passage.

The balloon will be inflated and will put pressure on the sinus opening, restructuring the bones around the sinuses, leaving the sinus passage widened and free of mucus. This procedure opens up blocked sinus passageways and facilitates the drainage of the mucus for patients with chronic sinusitis symptoms.

Facts about balloon sinuplasty

  • opens up blocked sinus passageways
  • facilitates drainage of the mucus
  • it is performed as an in-office procedure
  • it is performed under local anesthesia
  • most patients can return to normal activities and work typically within 1-2 days.
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