A new solution to common sinus health problems, balloon sinuplasty has recently been gaining acceptance in the medical community. An alternative to sinus surgery, which can be difficult to bounce back from, this procedure is similar to having an angioplasty, a procedure that is used to open up blocked blood vessels. While both use a balloon that is attached to a thin tube, during a balloon sinuplasty the balloon is inserted into the sinus cavity and into the sinuses, and is used to expand the airways. Once inside, the balloon is inflated and opens up the airways by micro-fracturing the paper-thin bones, as well as other obstructions. The recovery is less painful, has fewer side effects, and is much easier on the patient overall compared to the recovery process that takes place after the traditional endoscopic sinus surgery. Patients are sedated during the procedure, but they are able to stay awake; many patients feel nothing during the procedure, and it can be done in an office, surgery center, or hospital. While people who suffer from severe sinus disease are still required to have the traditional endoscopic surgery, people who suffer from mild-to-moderate sinus disease are considered to be good candidates for this minimally invasive procedure. For these individuals, it makes sense to consider trying a noninvasive therapy that doesn’t require no cutting or removal of tissue and bone before they go under the knife.
There are many balloon sinuplasty health benefits, as many successful patients have discovered. While this procedure may not work for everyone, many patients are happy with the results from this safe, nonsurgical procedure. Some of the life-changing benefits of ballooning include:
- Improved drainage of sinuses
- Having an easier time breathing through the nose
- Improved sinus drainage
- A reduction in ear infections
- Improved sleep apnea symptoms
- Fewer migraines and headaches
- Improved function of the pineal and pituitary gland
- A reduction or elimination of sinus infections
- Improved eyesight
- An improvement in TMJ symptoms, such as grinding and clenching
If you feel like you are relying on too many pills and sprays in order to breath and are interested in having this procedure done, contact us to make an appointment.