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San Antonio Sinus Surgery: Balloon Sinuplasty

At Atkins Expert Sinus Care, surgery is limited to those whom allergy treatments and medications have been ineffective. Balloon Sinuplasty is a straight forward and brief endoscopic sinus surgery that restructures the sinus passages without removing tissue and bone. The minimally invasive, in-office procedure can be a great solution for those suffering from chronic sinusitis and are looking for relief. The modern, convenient, safe, and proven effect approach requires no packing post-surgery and results in little bleeding. Most patients can return to work the next day.

How Balloon Sinuplasty Helps

Fighting Chronic Sinusitis

Sinusitis blocks the sinuses by inflammation of the sinus lining, making it difficult to breathe and drain mucus. Without nasal drainage, sinus infection is more likely. Chronic sinusitis can result from frequent sinus infections. Previously, sinus surgeons performed a traumatic endoscopic sinus surgery with cutting instruments. The sinuses were reshaped by removing nasal tissue and bone to clear them, making it easier to breathe again. Inspired by cardiology’s use of balloons to smoothly widen blocked heart arteries, Balloon Sinuplasty uses a sinus balloon catheter to open blocked nasal passages, allowing the sinuses to drain without restriction in a minimally invasive approach.

How Balloon Sinuplasty Works

The procedure consists of inserting a deflated sinus balloon catheter into the nasal passage. The sinus balloon is then inflated, expanding and restructuring the sinus passage. Saline is sprayed into the sinus to flush it out. The balloon is deflated when removed, leaving an open sinus. Many patients returned to normal activity after 24 hours.

Dr. Atkins’ Balloon Sinuplasty Bio

  • Balloon Sinuplasty was first released for use in 2006 — Dr. Atkins was one of the first doctors in the country trained on its use.
  • In 2007, Dr. Atkins began consulting for Entellus Medical, a sinus balloon manufacturer.
  • He conducted studies in 2007 through 2009 to determine whether doing Balloon Sinuplasty in the office was safe and effective.
  • In 2009, Dr. Atkins worked with insurance companies, in order to get Balloon Sinuplasty approved for office use.
  • In 2011, Balloon Sinuplasty was approved for office use.  Dr. Atkins began traveling around the country teaching doctors how to effectively perform the procedure.
  • In 2013, Dr. Atkins perfected a technique that allows the procedure to be done without any injection. It is all done with topical anesthesia.
  • Dr. Atkins has been an author on 7 medical journal articles about Balloon Sinuplasty.
  • To this day, Dr. Atkins still has doctors who visit to observe his techniques.

Balloon Sinuplasty FAQs

Below you’ll find answers to most of the common questions we receive.  If your question is not answered here, contact us.

How much pain or bleeding will there be?

Most patients will have some bloody nasal drainage overnight with a sinus headache for a couple of days. You will be given pain medicine for use after the procedure to help alleviate these problems.

What kind of anesthesia will be used?

We usually give you a sedative, so you are not nervous. When you arrive, we put anesthetic spray in your nose. We apply additional anesthetic inside your nose before we begin the procedure.

How long will I be off work?

Most patients can return to work the next day. Some patients may want to take off the day after the procedure and can return to work the second day.

When can I travel?

Most patients can travel two weeks after the procedure. However many patients are able to travel sooner. This can be discussed with us and suggestions for your particular situation can be made.

Does Balloon Sinuplasty work?

Clinical research confirms that Balloon Sinuplasty provides long-term relief from sinus symptoms by opening blocked sinus passageways.

Is Balloon Sinuplasty safe?

Yes. Clinical studies have shown that Balloon Sinuplasty is safe, minimally invasive, and significantly improves quality of life.

What are the risks associated with Balloon Sinuplasty?

Because Balloon Sinuplasty is less invasive than traditional sinus surgery, there is a low complication rate; however, there are some associated risks, including tissue and mucosal trauma, infection, and possible eye or brain injury. There have been hundreds of thousands of balloon sinuplasties done since it was invented and the reported number of severe complications is very low. Dr. Atkins has never had a serious complication from balloon sinuplasty.

Does Balloon Sinuplasty limit future sinusitis treatment options?

No, it does not limit future treatment options. That is the great part about it. The revision rate is very low; however, if revisions are needed, they are usually straightforward because the original anatomy has not been significantly altered.

Is the balloon left in?

No, the balloon is positioned, inflated, deflated and removed. It can take a couple of minutes to position the balloon in the correct spot for each sinus, but once positioned, the inflation and deflation takes just a few seconds.

Are the effects permanent?

Studies have shown that the areas dilated by the balloons stay open 94% of the time.

What is the revision rate?

Published revision rates are about 5.25% for balloon sinuplasty. That means that on average about 5 patients in 100 will need another procedure. The next procedure could either be an additional balloon procedure in the office or a formal sinus surgery in the operating room. Dr. Atkins’s results are about the same as the published results.

What medications do I need to be on before surgery?

You will need to be on antibiotics and steroids immediately preceding your surgery to make sure that any inflammation in your nose is under control. We will prescribe these for you.

Am I not supposed to eat and drink before my procedure? Other surgeries I have had did not allow me to eat or drink after midnight.

If you are going to have general anesthesia you are not allowed to eat or drink after midnight. Since this is local anesthesia, you are allowed to eat and drink before the procedure. In fact we strongly encourage you to eat a moderate amount and drink a lot of water before your surgery. Cokes and teas are not the best option for being well hydrated before your surgery. Water works best.

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