How Balloon Sinuplasty Can Bring You Sinus Relief

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Are you dealing with persistent headaches? Maybe you’ve noticed that you’re breathing out of your mouth more than before. Both of these are signs of a sinus infection. If you’ve tried all the different medications, nasal sprays, and antibiotics at the drug store with no results, consider making an appointment at Indianapolis Sinus Center. We work with Indy-area patients who just can’t get rid of their chronic sinus infections. Many of our patients benefit greatly from balloon sinuplasty. If you’d like to learn more about this effective treatment, give us a call today.

What Is a Balloon Sinuplasty?

A balloon sinuplasty is a minimally-invasive procedure that addresses sinus conditions when other medical treatments haven’t been enough. During the procedure, your physician will use a small balloon to slightly open up the sinuses, allowing for better airflow. The results of balloon sinuplasty are permanent and don’t require any additional treatment.

How does Balloon Sinuplasty (Balloon Sinus Dilation) Work?

Patients often come to us with lots of questions about the balloon sinuplasty procedure. Fortunately, our team has years of experience with this technique, and we’re glad to address any concerns you may have. The first question we get is often, “how does it work?” Here’s a brief overview of how a balloon sinuplasty delivers you relief:

  • Phase 1—Your surgeon will insert a small balloon catheter into the inflamed sinus. The balloon is then inflated to open up the sinus.
  • Phase 2—Your physician will spray saline into the affected sinus to remove any pus or mucus. Then, they pull out the catheter while leaving the sinuses wide open.

Please note: every patient is unique, and your results may vary.

Do I Have Sinusitis?

The balloon sinuplasty procedure is typically used to address sinus infections and sinusitis. However, many people put off treatment because they don’t realize that they have an infection on their hands. At Indianapolis Sinus Center, we believe it’s important to take quick action when you notice the symptoms of sinusitis. If you’re dealing with any of these conditions, talk to your ENT specialist about sinus infection treatment:

  • Facial pain or pressure
  • Tooth pain
  • Unexplained fatigue
  • Green mucus in the nose
  • Bad breath
  • Sore throat
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty breathing through the nose

Benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty

This procedure comes with a slew of benefits. Not only does it relieve the symptoms of sinusitis, but it also has plenty of advantages when compared with similar treatments. Here are just a few ways our patients benefit from balloon sinuplasty surgery:

  • Minimally invasive—no cutting, tissue removal, or nasal packing
  • Perform under local anesthesia in the comfort of our office
  • No hospital stays
  • Reducing bleeding
  • Quick—the procedure only takes about an hour
  • Immediate relief from symptoms
  • Fast recovery—return to work the next day
  • Long-term improvement in symptoms and quality of life

The Balloon Sinuplasty Recovery Process

Good news—balloon sinuplasty recovery is usually quick and easy. In the days following the procedure, you may experience some mild discomfort in the nose, but this pain is easily treatable with over-the-counter medications. Some patients also notice nasal drainage and small amounts of blood. To combat this, be sure to use saline rinses to flush out any remaining mucus in the nose. While results may vary, many patients notice an improvement in their condition immediately after the procedure ends. Within a few weeks, your nose will feel normal again, and you can say goodbye to sinusitis!

Learn More From Our Team Today

The team at Indianapolis Sinus Center is dedicated to improving your quality of life through top-notch ENT care. The balloon sinuplasty procedure is an effective means of reducing sinusitis symptoms and making breathing more comfortable. This technology is only intended for use by or under the direction of a physician. Be sure to consult with a provider at Indianapolis Sinus Center to learn more about the benefits and risks of the balloon sinuplasty procedure. We’ll sit down with you to determine whether this treatment is suitable. Contact us today for details.

Contact us to start on the road to better health and a better quality of life.

Important Safety Information:

Balloon Sinuplasty Technology is intended for use by or under the direction of a physician.  Consult your physician for a full discussion of associated risks and benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty Technology and to determine whether this procedure is right for you.

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