Balloon Sinuplasty

Breathe Better with Balloon Sinuplasty

Chronic sinusitis and reoccurring sinus infections are unpleasant to deal with. If medications do not effectively relieve your symptoms, you may be a candidate for a procedure called Balloon Sinuplasty. During this minimally invasive surgery, a small balloon is placed inside of the nose to expand the sinus passages, which allows them to drain better. Recovery time is significantly shorter than with traditional sinus surgery, and the results are just as effective.

At ENT Associates of Santa Barbara, we can determine if this procedure is a good fit for you and provide treatment that allows you to breathe easily as you do what matters most to you.

Are You a Candidate for a Balloon Sinuplasty?

Illustration of balloon sinuplasty device in sinus cavity

The procedure is typically performed on adults who:

  • Have a mild form of sinusitis
  • Do not have nasal polyps or tumors
  • Can tolerate local anesthesia

How Does Balloon Sinuplasty Differ from Other Surgeries?

Traditional surgery in the sinus area involves cutting and excision of bone and tissue and typically comes with a recovery time of five days.

Balloon Sinuplasty widens the openings of your sinus passageways without removing tissue.

Because of this, it causes less pain and has an average recovery time of just a day and a half.  The FDA-approved procedure has a lower risk of complications or side effects and does not leave visible scarring or bruising.

Brief, Safe, Convenient

A Balloon Sinuplasty procedure can be performed in our office, often in under 30 minutes. Our ENT will give you a local anesthetic and an oral sedative to ensure that you are comfortable. Next, they’ll use an endoscope to guide the balloon catheter into your sinuses. The balloon is then inflated to expand the sinus opening.

What Can I Expect After a Balloon Sinuplasty?

You will likely be able to return home shortly after the procedure is finished. You might experience drainage or minor discomfort in your nose.

In the days following the procedure, you will use saline rinses to help flush out mucus and debris as the nose heals. This will also prevent infection, scarring or buildup in the nasal passageways.

According to a multicenter study, up to 95% of patients report a significant improvement in sinus symptoms following this procedure.

If you have recurring difficulties with your sinuses, our team at ENT Associates of Santa Barbara is here to help. Whether your best option is Balloon Sinuplasty or another option, we can provide treatment to alleviate your symptoms.

Call ENT Associates of Santa Barbara for more information or to schedule an appointment.

(805) 964-6926