Symptoms of Sinusitis
Your nose is congested and you have difficulty breathing. Thick mucus irritates the back of your throat. You experience headaches from intense pressure in the sinus area and even your teeth begin to hurt. You feel tired and irritable, and you begin to lose your sense of smell and taste.
The allergy or cold medicines you take to relieve your symptoms don’t seem to be helping… If you experience these symptoms for more than three months, you may have chronic sinusitis.
Chronic Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinus lining, most commonly caused by structural issues such as blockage of the sinus opening, or bacterial, viral and/or microbial infections, lasting three months or more. If the sinus opening is closed or blocked, normal mucus drainage might not occur. Sinusitis, if left untreated, may lead to infection and inflammation of the sinuses.
What is Balloon Sinusplasty and how does it treat chronic or recurrent sinusitis?
In chronic and recurrent sinusitis, blocked sinus drainage pathways can prevent effective drainage and healing. When first line medication therapies fail to resolve symptoms and inflammation, or patients experience multiple bouts of sinusitis, Balloon sinuplasty, also known as balloon sinus dilation, may be an appropriate treatment option.
Balloon Sinuplasty is an endoscopic, catheter-based surgical option for patients suffering from chronic blocked nasal sinuses (chronic sinusitis and recurrent sinusitis) that have not found relief through traditional medications. Balloon Sinusplasty is a safe and minimally evasive procedure used by surgeons to treat chronic sinusitis. The goal of balloon sinus dilation is to expand the sinus openings and drainage pathways in order to aid drainage and promote healing.
What happens during the Balloon Sinusplasty procedure?
During the minimally invasive Balloon Sinuplasty procure a surgeon uses a small, flexible balloon catheter is used to enlarge and expand the sinus opening and drainage passageway with the goal of restoring normal sinus drainage without damaging the sinus lining. After locating the treatment area and applying local anaesthesia, doctors thread a guide wire equipped with a tiny balloon into the nostrils and up to the area of blockage. They then place the small balloon and inflate the balloon just enough to dilate the treatment area and open the passageway in a similar method to opening blocked arteries during a balloon angioplasty. They then deflate and remove the balloon, allowing the sinus to drain.
Thousands of patients have experienced the benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty as a treatment option for chronic sinusitis. The procedure can be performed in an office under local anaesthesia, or in an operating room under general anaesthesia.
How long does the Balloon Sinuplasty take?
The length of the procedure is dependent on the specific condition and anatomy of the patient. Expect to spend between one and a half and two hours at the office, to allow for pre-treatment preparation and post treatment examination.
Does Balloon Sinuplasty require anaesthesia?
Balloon sinuplasty is usually performed under local anaesthesia in an office allow to avoid the side effects, costs and risks associated with general anaesthesia.
In some cases, balloon sinus dilation may be performed under general anaesthesia in an operating room to allow the use of other surgical instruments to complete other procedures such as septoplasty to correct a deviated nasal septum or rhinoplasty.
Who is a candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty suitable?
Patients must have a sinus CT scan prior to consultation. A physician can use the scan results to determine if balloon sinus dilation is a viable option. Most patients with recurring or persistent sinusitis can be treated with balloon sinuplasty. Balloon sinuplasty is possible for patients experiencing chronic rhinosinusitis without nasal polyps and recurrent acute sinusitis (recurrent sinus infections). Nasal breathing is generally improved with reduction of the inferior turbinates (which is done in most procedures).
Patients with nasal polyps, or that have had previous sinus surgery or extensive sinus disease are usually not candidates for balloon sinus treatments. Patients that are primarily concerned with relieving headaches, facial pain and post nasal drip may not experience much symptom relief.
How long is Balloon Sinuplasty recovery?
Many patients are able to resume normal activities immediately, however, the surgeon may recommend you refrain from very strenuous activities (such as heavy lifting) for up to a week after the procedure. After balloon sinus treatments, patients will generally still require ongoing medical therapy for their sinus condition (nasal rinses +/- nasal steroids) as with any sinus surgery.
What are potential risks and complications with Balloon Sinuplasty?
Potential risks and complications exist with any medical intervention. Patients should consult with their physician to determine if any pre-existing conditions present risks. Your surgeon will review potential complications of balloon sinus dilation during the consultation. Side effects include but are not limited to postoperative bleeding; pain and swelling; allergic reaction to anaesthesia or other medications administered during the procedure; or infection. Individual results from treatment may vary.
What is the cost of Balloon Sinuplasty?
Balloon sinuplasty is not covered by Alberta Health and Wellness. Patients must pay for this procedure unless they have extended coverage that includes discretionary procedures such as this.
Our Balloon sinuplasty price includes all costs and varies based on what type of anaesthetic is used. Call us to learn more.
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