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What is Balloon Sinuplasty?

Balloon Sinuplasty (BSP) is a safe and effective sinus procedure for chronic sinusitis patients seeking relief from uncomfortable sinus pain symptoms.

If managing your symptoms with ongoing rounds of medical intervention isn’t working and having traditional sinus surgery isn’t something that fits your busy lifestyle, then you should consider Balloon Sinuplasty.

Major Benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty Include:

  • Faster recovery period
  • Less Expensive
  • No general anesthesia
  • Return home the same day
  • Can be performed in office
  • As effective as traditional sinus surgery

With Balloon Sinuplasty, there is no cutting of nasal bone or tissue. More than 420,000 patients suffering from chronic sinusitis symptoms have been treated by ear, nose and throat doctors using Balloon Sinuplasty.

While recovery time varies with each patient, recovery is typically fast. In a study of in-office balloon dilation, most patients returned to work and normal activity within 2 days.

Locate

Step 1 Your physician first locates the sinus area to be treated.

Place

Step 2 The device is carefully positioned.

Dilate

Step 3 Your physician gently inflates the small balloon and dilates the treatment area to restore drainage. The balloon is removed from the treatment area.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is in office balloon sinus dilation?

Balloon sinus dilation is a minimally invasive treatment for chronic or recurrent sinusitis. In a balloon sinus dilation procedure, your physician uses a small balloon to dilate or expand the sinus opening and drainage pathways to restore sinus drainage.

Balloon sinus dilation can be performed in an office, under local anesthesia.

How does balloon sinus dilation work to treat chronic or recurrent sinusitis?

In chronic and recurrent sinusitis, blocked sinus drainage pathways can prevent effective drainage and healing. When first line medication therapies fail to resolve symptoms and inflammation, or patients experience multiple bouts of sinusitis, balloon sinus dilation may be an appropriate treatment option.

The goal of balloon sinus dilation is to expand the sinus openings and drainage pathways in order to aid drainage and promote healing. After locating the treatment area and applying local anesthesia, your physician will place the small balloon, inflate the balloon to dilate the treatment area, and then deflate and remove the balloon.

How long does the balloon sinus dilation procedure take?

Procedure length is dependent on your specific condition and anatomy. You should expect to spend around one and a half to two hours at the office, to allow time for pretreatment preparation and post treatment examination. Consult your physician to better understand the details of your procedure.

What are the benefits of an in office balloon sinus dilation procedure?

Office based procedures performed under local anesthesia allow you to avoid the negative effects, costs or risks associated with general anesthesia.

Will the procedure require any anesthesia?

Balloon sinus dilation can be performed under local anesthesia, in an office.

In certain circumstances, balloon sinus dilation may also be used in combination with modern sinus surgery tools. In these instances, it may be performed in an operating room, under general anesthesia.

How quickly after treatment can I return to normal activities?

Many patients can resume normal activities immediately. Your doctor may recommend you refrain from very strenuous activities (such as heavy lifting) for a week after the treatment.

Are there any potential risks and complications associated with balloon sinus dilation?

As with any medical intervention, potential risks and complications exist with balloon sinus dilation. All patients should consult their doctors to determine if their conditions present any special risks. Your physician will review potential complications of balloon sinus dilation at consultation. Possible side effects include but are not limited to post-operative bleeding; pain and swelling; allergic reaction to anesthesia or other medications administered during the procedure; or infection. Your condition may not respond to this treatment.

Is balloon sinus dilation suitable for everyone?

Only your physician can tell you if balloon sinus dilation is a viable option to treat your sinusitis. Experience has shown that many patients with recurring or persistent sinusitis can be treated with balloon sinus dilation.

Meet Dr. Waterman

Dr. Waterman

Eric T. Waterman, M.D., F.A.C.S. of Waterman Rhinoplasty is a top rhinoplasty and facial plastic surgeon with a practice based in the greater Seattle metropolitan area.

Voted by his peers for several years as one of Seattle’s Top Doctors by both Seattle and SeattleMet magazines, Dr. Waterman is double board-certified by both the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

He has practiced in the Seattle area for over 20 years and has performed hundreds of cosmetic procedures and over a thousand nasal procedures.

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