Balloon Sinuplasty Specialist

Petoskey Ear Nose and Throat Specialists

Audiology & Otolaryngology located in Petoskey, MI & Gaylord, MI

If you suffer from chronic sinusitis and symptoms such as chronic facial pain and congestion, you may benefit from balloon sinuplasty. The team of experienced providers at Petoskey Ear Nose and Throat Specialists in Petoskey and Gaylord, Michigan, provide in-office balloon sinuplasty procedures that open your sinuses to allow efficient airflow and drainage. Call Petoskey Ear Nose and Throat Specialists or schedule an appointment online today to discover how balloon sinuplasty can relieve your symptoms.

Balloon Sinuplasty Q & A

What is balloon sinuplasty?

Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that the team at Petoskey Ear Nose and Throat Specialists provide as an in-office treatment for chronic sinusitis. Balloon sinuplasty uses gentle pressure to expand your sinus cavities, creating more space for air to flow freely and for effective sinus drainage.

Balloon sinuplasty has been approved by the FDA since 2005 and provides an effective, incision-free alternative to other sinus surgery procedures.

Why would I need balloon sinuplasty?

The team at Petoskey Ear Nose and Throat Specialists use balloon sinuplasty to treat chronic sinusitis that hasn’t responded to other treatments.

Sinusitis is an inflammatory infection that often follows colds or upper respiratory infections, although the condition can develop independently. Sinusitis causes symptoms similar to the common cold such as congestion, headaches, postnasal drip, and a sore throat. However, sinusitis symptoms tend to last for 10 days or more, and in some cases may become chronic and last for several months.

In most cases, the team at Petoskey Ear Nose and Throat Specialists try to treat sinusitis with medication such as antibiotics or steroids before recommending a balloon sinuplasty procedure.

What happens during balloon sinuplasty?

Balloon sinuplasty takes approximately an hour. During your consultation, the team at Petoskey Ear Nose and Throat Specialists prepares you for the procedure and can let you know if you’ll need a mild sedative or local anesthetic during your treatment.

Your provider begins the procedure by first numbing the area. Then they insert a thin flashlight into your sinus cavity to illuminate the space and place a small balloon connected to a thin tube inside your nasal cavity.

Your provider gently inflates the balloon, which expands your sinus cavity. After a few moments, your provider deflates the balloon and removes it before flushing your sinuses to remove any excess mucus. Then they repeat the procedure on the other side of your face.

What should I expect after a balloon sinuplasty?

You can go home after your procedure. Your doctor gives you specific aftercare instructions, but in general, you should avoid blowing your nose for at least 24 hours. Your sinuses may feel tender, but in most cases, an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory should relieve your pain.

Call Petoskey Ear Nose and Throat Specialists or schedule an appointment online today to find out if balloon sinuplasty is the right treatment to relieve your sinusitis.