Balloon Sinuplasty

Lakeshore Ear, Nose & Throat Center

Ear, Nose & Throat Doctors located in St. Clair Shores, Macomb Township, Rochester Hills, Grosse Pointe, and Sterling Heights, MI

Anyone who suffers from chronic sinus infections knows how painful and debilitating they can be, but recent advances in medical technology can help. The expert team of ENT physicians and surgeons at Lakeshore Ear, Nose & Throat Center offer cutting-edge sinus treatments, including the balloon sinuplasty procedure, at their locations in St. Clair Shores, Macomb Township, Rochester, Grosse Pointe, and Sterling Heights, Michigan. To learn how balloon sinuplasty can improve your quality of life, call or book an appointment online today.

Balloon Sinuplasty Q & A

What is balloon sinuplasty?

If the pain and pressure associated with chronic sinus infections negatively affect your quality of life, you may want to explore balloon sinuplasty (BSP).

Balloon sinuplasty is a breakthrough, minimally invasive surgical procedure that relieves the pain and pressure of chronic sinusitis. BSP uses a thin, flexible balloon catheter to create space and facilitate mucus drainage in blocked sinus passages.

This is a safe and effective procedure that’s much less invasive than traditional sinuplasty. Studies show that 95% of patients who receive balloon sinuplasty report improved symptoms nine months after treatment.

 

What are the benefits of balloon sinuplasty?

BSP is a minimally invasive procedure that offers numerous benefits over traditional sinus surgery, such as:

  • No incisions
  • No cutting or removal of bone or tissue
  • Faster recovery
  • Lower cost
  • Reduced risk of complications
  • Less trauma to healthy tissue
  • Less pain
  • Can be done as an outpatient procedure
  • No need to pack sinuses with gauze

After balloon sinuplasty, you can generally return to your normal activities within 48 hours, and some procedures only require local anesthesia.

Who is a good candidate for balloon sinuplasty?

The Lakeshore ENT specialists may suggest balloon sinuplasty if you have chronic sinusitis that doesn’t improve with medications such as antibiotics, nasal steroids, or over-the-counter drugs. This procedure may help relieve:

  • Sinus headaches
  • Facial pain and pressure
  • Congestion
  • Decreased sense of smell
  • Nasal discharge of yellow or green mucus

Your doctor discusses if you’re a good candidate for BSP during your consultation.

 

What should I expect from a Balloon Sinuplasty procedure?

First, one of the skilled Lakeshore ENT surgeons evaluates your condition to determine whether balloon sinuplasty is right for you. If you pursue BSP, the procedure takes place on an outpatient basis and generally lasts less than 30 minutes.

Afterward, there’s no need to pack your sinuses with gauze as you would with traditional sinus surgery, and you should be able to return to work or normal activities within 48 hours of your procedure.

Complications from balloon sinuplasty are rare, but your surgeon discusses all possible risks before the procedure.

If you’re looking for relief from chronic sinus infections without the hassles of traditional surgery, call Lakeshore Ear, Nose & Throat Center or book an appointment online today.

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