Balloon Sinuplasty FAQs
(Balloon Sinus Dilation)

Balloon Sinuplasty FAQs (Balloon Sinus Dilation)

What is Balloon Sinuplasty (Balloon Sinus Dilation)?

If medications and first line treatments have failed to help resolve your chronic and recurrent sinusitis symptoms and inflammation in the past or you experience multiple episodes of sinusitis, Balloon Sinuplasty may be the right treatment option for you.

The procedure gently expands your sinus openings and drainage pathways to restore airflow, aid with drainage and helps healing. After your physician locates the treatment area and applies local anesthesia, they 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 sinusitis symptoms. Learn more about Balloon Sinuplasty and results of this procedure by visiting the FAQ page on BALLOONSINUPLASTY.COM.

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.

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.

Possible side effects include, but are not limited to, post-operative bleeding; pain and swelling; allergic reaction to anesthesia or other medications administered during the procedure; or infection. There is also a small risk of mucosal/tissue damage from the expansion. Make sure to consult with your doctor to determine if your condition presents any special risks.

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.

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