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.