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In-Office Balloon Sinuplasty

By DuPage Medical Group Otolaryngology

In-office Balloon Sinuplasty is a less-invasive, lower-risk alternative for patients with chronic sinusitis.

The Balloon Sinuplasty procedure uses a balloon catheter to open a patient’s blocked sinuses and improve nasal drainage. It is less invasive than conventional sinus surgery, and requires no cutting or removal of bone and tissue. The procedure usually takes 60 – 90 minutes, depending on the number of sinuses to be opened and the patient’s anatomy.  Most of this scheduled time is spent on local anesthesia to enhance patient comfort during the actual surgical portion of the procedure.

Balloon Sinuplasty has a quicker recovery time, usually around two days, and carries none of the risks of general anesthesia, which is required for standard sinus surgery. The procedure is considered an alternative for patients with chronic sinusitis who have not responded to medical management and who prefer a less invasive option. Additionally, it provides a viable treatment option for patients who are not good candidates for general anesthesia due to preexisting health conditions.

Balloon Sinuplasty procedures are covered by most health insurances including Medicare.

 

Topics and Subtopics: Ear, Nose, & Throat

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