Are You a Candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty?

balloon sinuplasty, ENT Specialists of Austin

Sinus problems can happen any time of the year, but the dry air of winter often makes them worse. Sometimes, sinus problems clear up once the weather changes (or if you add a little humidity to dry indoor air). But other times, a sinus problem will persist no matter what you do. That’s when it’s time to make an appointment with ENT Specialists of Austin to learn about other treatment options that can relieve your symptoms and help you be more comfortable (and healthier). For many patients, balloon sinuplasty is a great choice for eliminating sinus pain and pressure, and improving breathing too. But as effective as it can be, it’s not always the best choice. Here’s what you need to know about the procedure and how to tell if it might be a good option for you.

What is a balloon sinuplasty?

Balloon sinuplasty is an outpatient medical procedure that helps open up your nasal passages to reduce sinus congestion and pressure and make it easier to breathe. Since it was approved by the FDA in 2005, it’s become an increasingly popular option for treating many chronic sinus problems.

During a balloon sinuplasty procedure, a balloon is inserted into your sinus using a special flexible catheter. Once the balloon is in place, it’s gently inflated. The pressure from the balloon material widens the sinus passages so they function better. That means they can drain fluid more effectively so you won’t experience facial pressure and headaches caused by built-up sinus fluids, and you’ll also be able to breathe easier. Because sinus pressure often increases when you lie down, many people find a balloon sinuplasty procedure also helps them sleep better. It may even help reduce snoring.

Less invasive

Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure, which means that even though the instrument used to perform the procedure goes inside your sinuses, there are no incisions. Your nasal tissues, bones, and cartilage aren’t cut, so there are no scars to think about, and there’s no downtime following your procedure. Most sinuplasty procedures can be performed using a local anesthetic, sometimes with a little sedation to help you relax. Sinuplasty is approved for patients of all ages, including kids.

Sinuplasty can be a really good treatment option for people with chronic sinusitis, including chronic allergy sufferers. It’s also typically a good choice for people with sinus problems affecting the front portion of their sinuses.

Are you a good candidate for balloon sinuplasty?

Balloon sinuplasty generally is a good option for anyone who:

Unfortunately, there are some issues that can’t be corrected with balloon sinuplasty. For instance, if you have nasal polyps (fleshy tissue growths inside your sinuses) or a deviated septum, sinuplasty isn’t going to be a good fit. Likewise, if you’re having sinus issues related to a traumatic injury, a balloon sinuplasty isn’t a good option to correct those issues. Before deciding if a balloon sinuplasty is right for you, the doctors at ENT Specialists of Austin will perform a thorough evaluation, including a review of your symptoms, your medical history and any medications you’ve taken to help relieve your symptoms. Diagnostic imaging may also be performed, and the doctor will probably use a special lighted scope to look inside your sinuses during your evaluation.

Find out if a balloon sinuplasty is right for you

If you’re suffering from chronic sinus problems, balloon sinuplasty just may be a great way to relieve them. Even if you’re not a good candidate for this particular procedure, there are other options that can help. Getting help for your sinus trouble starts with a medical evaluation at ENT Specialists of Austin. To schedule your appointment, contact the practice today.

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