Approximately 37 million people have sinusitis. Although medications can help manage mild symptoms, some people may require additional treatment. Balloon sinuplasty is an FDA-approved minimally invasive procedure to treat chronic sinusitis and symptoms such as congestion, nasal constriction, allergies and recurrent and chronic sinus infections. Because it does not involve incisions, balloon sinuplasty involves less pain, downtime and risk of complications than other treatments for sinusitis. It is a safe and effective option for patients who are not responding well to antibiotics, nasal steroids, or over-the-counter medicines.
San Antonio facial plastic surgeon and ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctor Dr. Jose Barrera, MD is a leading experts in sinusitis and balloon sinuplasty. Combining superb training and skill, Dr. Barrera has helped hundreds of patients find relief from sinusitis.
The Benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty
Balloon sinuplasty has been used to treat hundreds of thousands of patients and offers several benefits over traditional sinus surgery. Unlike other traditional surgical methods, the procedure does not require cutting or removal of bone and tissue. As a result, balloon sinuplasty results in less debridement and complications, and a faster recovery. Recovery is also more comfortable than traditional surgery and there is very little need for post-op medications. Balloon sinuplasty offers greater comfort for patients, as the procedure can be completed in a matter of minutes in Dr. Barrera’s office rather than a hospital operating room. Having the procedure performed in-office typically results in significant cost savings as there are no facility or general anesthesia fees.
Clinical studies show that balloon sinuplasty has significant symptom relief comparable to traditional sinus surgery, through the first two years of treatment. Balloon sinuplasty boasts a 97 percent success rate and a low revision rate.
How Balloon Sinuplasty Can Help Chronic Sinusitis
Balloon sinuplasty is performed in-office under local anesthesia or light sedation. During the procedure, Dr. Barrera will insert a tiny balloon catheter through the nostril and into the inflamed sinus. The doctor will inflate the balloon attached to the catheter to expand the sinus opening. This will allow Dr. Barrera to spray saline into the sinus and flush out the pus and mucus. Balloon sinuplasty helps preserve the natural structure of the sinuses because no cutting or removal of bone and tissue is involved. Once the sinuses are properly opened, the catheter is removed. Recovery from balloon sinuplasty is quick; most patients are able to resume normal activities within two days of treatment.
Balloon Sinuplasty Results
Clinical studies have found balloon sinuplasty has positive results. A multi-center study that looked at 65 patients who had balloon sinuplasty reported significant improvement in symptoms. In addition, one study found that 95 percent of patients who had balloon sinuplasty say they would have the procedure again.
If you suffer from chronic sinusitis, balloon sinuplasty can help relieve your symptoms. To learn more about the procedure, schedule a consultation with top ENT doctor Jose Barrera. Contact his San Antonio practice by calling (210) 468-5426.