Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that dilates the sinus openings. Many individuals who suffer from chronic sinusitis may benefit from having a balloon sinuplasty procedure to help treat their blocked sinuses. Many may also be wondering if a balloon sinuplasty is the right procedure for them or would they even qualify for it. Other questions may include: what will the procedure be like, how long do the effects last, what care will be required afterward, does it require going to the hospital, and/or can you drive home afterward? These are all questions you should ask your balloon sinuplasty doctor before having the procedure.
The more informed you are about the procedure the better you will understand the outcomes you can anticipate. With this understanding, your experience is more likely to be positive. This is true of almost any medical intervention or procedure.
One of the first questions you might ask is whether a balloon sinuplasty procedure is indicated for you? The answer may be no. For example, if you have a cold that turns into a sinus infection once or twice a year that would not be sufficient reason to consider a balloon sinuplasty. In this scenario, steroids and medication should typically be sufficient treatment.
In some cases, the opening of the sinuses may not be the problem and therefore a balloon sinuplasty will not help. These conditions include:
If it is determined a balloon sinuplasty is indicated there will be a different set of questions to consider. What is a balloon sinuplasty actually like? What outcome can be anticipated from the procedure? While you should ask your doctor personally so you can have the best possible experience, here are a few helpful hints about balloon sinuplasty:
Usually, the patient can expect to be back to normal the following day. However, it may be advisable to take the day off. There is likely to be some mucous and/or bloody drainage from the nose. Some congestion and mild pain may also occur the day after the procedure. Typically any pain can usually be handled by medications like Motrin.
The patient will also have to rinse the nose using a neti pot once or twice a day for a couple weeks and follow an antibiotic regimen.
About a month after the procedure there is a follow-up appointment with the ENT to ensure everything went as planned. In a majority of the cases, the sinuses will stay open for about two to three years.
Patients typically will want to know what they should expect in terms of a timeline for their improvement? Although every case is slightly different, here are some positive changes which can be anticipated:
The vast majority of insurance companies cover balloon sinuplasty. There are a few Blue Cross plans who do not cover the procedure. The ENT’s office will work with you on verifying coverage prior to the procedure.
Virginia ENT performs many balloon sinuplasty procedures a year in both the Mayland Court and Wadsworth Drive offices. We have the tools, commitment, and experience to make the experience a positive and lasting one.