Balloon sinuplasty is right for you if you have sinus problems, and you have had some attempts at treatment for which the sinuses are not responding. Balloon sinuplasty is a non-surgical way to get rid of your symptoms by opening up sinuses that were blocked.
Most of the time medicines like Sudafed, Tylenol cold and sinus, advil sinus, claritin or flonase spray will help fix sinus problems. When they do not, it is time to be seen by the doctor. If your sinus problems don’t clear up with medical treatment, it’s probably time to get a CT scan and see where the problems are in the sinuses. The typical scenario that leads to sinuplasty being right is a person with symptoms who doesn’t get help from medicines.
Sinuses are pockets in our face and skull that are filled with air. The sinuses normally have small openings and are free of infections. The sinuses are normally open. Allergies, an infection or irritants cause the sinuses to become blocked. When blockage happens, infections starts, swelling and congestion happens, also headaches develop from pressure build-up inside the blocked sinus. Typical sinus symptoms include headaches, facial pressure, nasal congestion or nasal drip.
Balloon sinuplasty involves:
- inserting a wire into a blocked sinus
- passing a tiny balloon over the wire
- inflating the balloon
- deflating the balloon
- removing the balloon and wire
It is an office procedure, not surgery. Balloon sinuplasty does the work that surgery does, opening the sinuses, but does so without incisions or cutting.