Balloon Sinus Dilation

Balloon Sinus Dilation

Balloon sinus dilation (BSD) is a less invasive endoscopic sinus procedure for chronic sinusitis patients seeking relief from uncomfortable sinus pain symptoms.  During this non-invasive procedure, a tiny balloon is placed into the nose to reach the blocked sinuses and then inflated to restructure the sinus opening. Congested sinus cavities are safely drained, reducing the recurrence of symptoms and providing you with long-lasting, much-needed relief.

CT Sinus Center performs this procedure in-office, offering a more comfortable environment and convenient patient experience.

What is Sinusitis?

Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinus lining.  If the sinus opening becomes blocked due to this swelling, normal mucus drainage may not occur, and this may lead to recurrent sinus infections and painful symptoms.

How Does Balloon Sinus Dilation Work?

The balloon sinus dilation procedure is effective in opening blocked sinus passageways, relieving uncomfortable sinus pain symptoms for patients.  The balloon is then inserted and inflated to restore drainage.  

Are You a Candidate for Balloon Sinus Dilation?

BSD is often done for patients who suffer from chronic and recurrent acute sinusitis, and don’t respond to medication.

You may be a candidate for balloon sinus dilation, if:

  • You have experienced any of the following symptoms on a recurrent basis:
    • Facial Pain
    • Facial Pressure
    • Sinus Headache
    • Discharge of Yellow or Green Mucus from the Nose
    • Sinus Pressure or Congestion
    • Decreased Sense of Smell or Taste
    • Difficulty Breathing from the Nose
    • Sore Throat from Nasal Discharge
    • Teeth Pain
    • Fatigue
    • Bad Breath
  • A doctor has prescribed sinus medication for you several times in the past year to address your condition.
  • Your doctor has referred you to an Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) specialist.
  • You have experienced 4 or more recurrent sinus infections in the past year.

Balloon Sinus Dilation FAQs

Can Balloon Sinus Dilation be done as an in-office procedure?

Yes, balloon sinus dilation can be done as an in-office procedure under local anesthesia.  Having a procedure done in-house also has the added benefit of reducing your insurance copay and procedural costs.

Can You have a Balloon Sinus Dilation Procedure if You Are Allergic to Latex?

Yes, the balloon catheters used in the procedure are made of plastic and do not contain any latex.

When Should You See an ENT doctor?

If you have had chronic sinusitis lasting longer than 12 weeks, you should see an ENT doctor for a diagnosis.

Is Balloon Sinus Dilation Safe?

Yes, BSD is a safe procedure, as there is no cutting of nasal bone or tissue. This makes it a less invasive treatment as compared to traditional sinus surgery.

How Long Does the Procedure Take?

The BSD procedure is an in-office procedure that typically lasts 1 hour.

How Long Does It Take to Heal from Balloon Sinus Dilation?

Every patient is different, but on average most patients return to work and normal activities within 2 days.

Does My Insurance Cover Balloon Sinus Dilation?

Most insurance companies and Medicare cover BSD.  To be sure of your coverage, contact your insurance provider.

How Does Balloon Sinus Dilation Differ from Traditional Sinus Surgery?

The main difference between BSD and traditional sinus surgery is that BSD is a less invasive treatment option for patients.  With traditional sinus surgery, bone and tissue are removed to enlarge the sinus opening, blocked sinuses are cleared, and normal sinus drainage is restored.  Because traditional sinus surgery is more invasive, recovery time is longer and patients experience more pain and scarring.

What are the Advantages of Balloon Sinus Dilation?

BSD not only offers patients with an effective sinus pain relief solution but it also:

  • Provides Long-Term Relief
  • Eliminates Chronic Sinus Conditions
  • Increases Air Flow in Nasal Passages
  • Improves Drainage and Natural Healing
  • Alleviates Headaches

Since the procedure is performed in-office, it provides the patient with added benefits, including a more comfortable environment, patient convenience, and avoidance of general anesthesia.

Contact Us

Contact CT Sinus Center today at (203) 574-5997 to see if Balloon Sinus Dilation is right for you.

Source

  1. Weiss, Raymond L., et al. “Long-Term Outcome Analysis of Balloon Catheter Sinusotomy: Two-Year Follow-Up.” Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, vol. 139, no. 3_suppl_1, 2008.