Our balloon sinuplasty in Fort Lauderdale is a treatment designed to relieve the symptoms of chronic sinusitis. By inflating a small balloon in your sinus passages, your sinuses and sinus passages can be cleaned out and widened. The procedure is simple and straightforward, and recovery time is short. 

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What Does Balloon Sinuplasty Treat?

Your sinuses are air-filled spaces behind your forehead, eyes and cheeks. When these get infected or inflamed, they fill up with mucus and fluid, causing congestion and other uncomfortable symptoms such as difficulty breathing through the nose, headaches, ear pain and pain behind the nose or eyes. Acute sinusitis clears up on its own or responds to medication, while chronic sinusitis tends to recur and is more difficult to treat. Balloon sinuplasty is an effective treatment for chronic sinusitis that provides long-term relief. As there is no surgery involved, downtime is minimal, and the recovery is easy.

What Are the Benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty?

Before balloon sinuplasty became available, the only treatment options for chronic sinusitis were medication and surgery. With balloon sinuplasty, our Fort Lauderdale ENT doctors have a minimally invasive alternative to surgery that is usually equally effective. Benefits include:

  • Quick procedure: The procedure takes about an hour, and you can go home again on the same day.
  • Pain free: With IV sedation and topical anesthetics, you shouldn’t feel any pain, and any discomfort should be minimal. 
  • Long-lasting results: Most patients enjoy their results for over two years. As your sinus passages are widened during balloon sinuplasty, future blockages are prevented, and recurrence becomes less likely.
  • Non-surgical: The procedure doesn’t involve cutting or removal of tissue, which means you won’t have any scarring or stitches. 
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What Can I Expect?

Your balloon sinuplasty will take place in your ENT physician’s office. You will be seated in a comfortable reclining chair. The first step will be to administer your IV sedation and topical anesthetics. Next, we will insert a small catheter into your nostril, using it to guide the tiny balloon to the blocked areas of your sinuses. Once it is in place, we will inflate the balloon for a few seconds. You will feel a bit of pressure. When the sinus has been unblocked, the area will be flushed with saline and the instruments will be removed. 

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How Much Time Will I Need To Take Off From Work?

Most people can return to work the day after the procedure. Your doctor will instruct you not to blow your nose for the first 24 hours. You will probably experience some congestion for the first few days and sleeping with your head elevated is usually helpful. You should be able to resume most of your regular activities after 1-2 days. You may start to notice improvements right after your procedure, such as being able to breathe more easily. As the initial congestion clears away, you will notice other improvements, such as better sleep. 

Experience the Expertise of South Florida ENT Associates

If you would like to know if you are a candidate for balloon sinuplasty, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We have years of experience in addition to being highly trained in our area of expertise: ear, nose and throat (ENT) conditions.

You will discover that we are kind, patient and professional, and we will ensure that you get the best possible care. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

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