Sinusitis affects 37 million people each year, making it one of the most common health problems in the U.S. It’s more prevalent than heart disease and asthma, and has a greater impact on quality of life than chronic back pain or congestive heart failure. Symptoms may significantly affect people physically, functionally, and emotionally.
How Balloon Sinuplasty is Performed
The balloon sinuplasty procedure is performed under local anesthesia. As such, you will be completely awake but you won’t feel any pain or discomfort. During the procedure, your doctor will insert two tiny catheters into the nasal cavity. The first is attached to a light and a camera, and the second contains a tiny balloon. The balloon will then be inflated to open the sinuses and clear the blockages.
This relieves the pressure and encourages the mucus to drain correctly. You will be free to return home immediately, and may resume your regular daily routine within 24 hours. In general, our patients experience immediate relief from sinus pain and uncomfortable symptoms. In recent clinical studies, most patients reported that they were still free from their sinus symptoms two years after their operation.