5 Benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty

If you’re one of the millions of Americans suffering from chronic sinus infections, also called sinusitis, you’ve probably had to miss work, school, social engagements, and athletic activities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, close to 30 million adults suffer from chronic sinus infections, resulting in 389,000 emergency room visits every year and billions of dollars in health care costs and related expenses

For many people with chronic sinus problems, over-the-counter medications fall far short of a long-term remedy. At Petoskey Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists, Melissa Somers, MD, Marc Feeley, MD, and our team of specialists offer a range of treatment options ― including balloon sinuplasty ― at our convenient locations in Petoskey and Gaylord, Michigan.

A balloon sinuplasty can provide relief

A balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that helps open the sinus cavity to provide relief for clogged and painful sinuses. Here are five reasons to consider a balloon sinuplasty if you’re suffering from constant nasal congestion, pain, and discomfort due to sinusitis. 

1. Balloon sinuplasty is minimally invasive and doesn’t require an incision

Also known as a balloon catheter dilation, a balloon sinuplasty is performed under mild sedation to keep you comfortable and relaxed. A small tube attached to a light is inserted into the sinus cavity and a balloon is gently inflated to open the airway. 

Your nasal cavity will also be cleaned and drained of any mucus buildup before the balloon is deflated and removed. The process is repeated on both sides. You may be prescribed antibiotics after your procedure to treat or prevent an infection.

2. Leave with clearer sinuses after a quick office visit

A balloon sinuplasty only takes about an hour. You may experience some light congestion in the week following your balloon sinuplasty, but the procedure will help lessen any future buildup or inflammation.

3. Go home the same day

A balloon sinuplasty is an outpatient procedure that is performed in our office. Our team of specialists will give you detailed instructions so you can heal and recover quickly and comfortably. While you will have to follow some precautions and take it easy for a week or so after your treatment, you can expect to go home the same day.

4. Get back to your normal routine and activities

After a brief healing period of a week or so, you should notice an improvement in your sinuses and get the green light to get back to your normal schedule and activities. 

5. Get lasting relief

Every case is different, but on average, a balloon sinuplasty can provide relief for up to two years.

For more information about the benefits of a balloon sinuplasty and to see if one could help you, book an appointment online or over the phone with Petoskey Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists today.

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