Millions of Americans deal with sinusitis every year. The symptoms can be debilitating, especially when the condition becomes chronic. Our balloon sinuplasty in West Palm Beach unblocks and widens your sinus openings, preventing future blockages and making recurrences less likely.  It was developed as a minimally invasive alternative to surgery. 

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Who Is a Candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty?

Sinusitis is a swelling of the sinuses that is often caused by infection. Symptoms include a blocked nose, headaches and pain or swelling around your cheeks, eyes and forehead. Acute sinusitis usually responds to medication or clears up on its own. If your sinusitis lingers for more than three months and treatment doesn’t seem to be helping, you may have chronic sinusitis.

At South Florida ENT Associates, our ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctors are highly trained and specialized. They will be able to accurately diagnose you and recommend the best treatment for your unique situation.

What Is Balloon Sinuplasty?

Before balloon sinuplasty became available as a treatment for chronic sinusitis in 2005, the main treatment options were medication and surgery. Chronic sinusitis doesn’t tend to respond well to medication, and surgery comes with certain risks and a longer recovery time. Balloon sinuplasty is an ideal treatment, as it is effective, safe, and the downtime is minimal. By inflating a small balloon in your sinuses, the bones surrounding your sinuses are gently repositioned. This widens your passages, allowing your sinuses to drain more effectively in the future. 

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What Is the Balloon Sinuplasty Procedure Like?

Balloon sinuplasty is short and straightforward. Before the balloon is inserted, you will be given IV sedation and topical anesthetics to ensure you are relaxed and comfortable. Next, we will guide the balloon to your sinuses using a small catheter. Once it is in place, we will inflate the balloon for a few seconds. You will feel some pressure, but it shouldn’t be painful. When the passage has been widened and unblocked, we will flush the area with saline, removing any mucus or buildup. Finally, the catheter and balloon will be removed. 

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What Happens After the Procedure?

After the procedure, you will be able to go home. You should arrange to have someone available to drive you. Your doctor will tell you not to blow your nose for the next 24 hours. The recovery time is short, and you should be able to return to work and most regular activities within a day or two.

For the first week or so, you will experience some congestion as your sinuses drain after your procedure. Sleeping with your head elevated will help. You may begin to notice improvements right after your procedure, but your final results will develop as the initial congestion clears up.

Why Choose South Florida ENT Associates?

When dealing with conditions of the ear, nose and throat, it is always best to consult with a specialized ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctor who is board-certified.

With over 50 ENT specialists providing service in over 30 locations, we are equipped with all the necessary knowledge, equipment and experience to give you the best possible care. Contact us today to book a consultation! 

With 37 convenient locations across the South Florida area, we’re never far away.

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