Is the balloon sinuplasty surgery painful?

Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure and is virtually painless.

Patients are under local anesthesia during balloon sinuplasty surgery, which prevents them from feeling any pain and makes the whole procedure more tolerable. Most patients who undergo balloon sinuplasty do not report pain, only a feeling of sinus pressure or numbness during the surgery. Ask your doctor to tell you what to expect, during the procedure.

Because no tissue is removed the procedure generally results in less pain

Balloon sinuplasty does not require incisions or the removal of bone and tissue. As a result, patients generally experience less pain, risk of infection, blood loss, bruising, and swelling than standard surgical procedures performed for sinusitis. This procedure is a quick, in-and-out option that gives quick relief to patients with little recovery and downtime and helps them improve their overall quality of life.

However, common side effects associated with balloon sinuplasty include:

  • Swollen nasal cavities
  • Changes to a patient’s sense of smell
  • Chronic nasal drainage
  • Empty nose syndrome
  • Mucosal/tissue damage from the expansion
  • Failure to properly cleanse the sinuses after surgery it may create a potential pathway for infection

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