Austin ENT Associates
Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists & Audiology located in Round Rock, TX
Millions of people in the United States suffer from sinusitis, or inflammation of the sinus cavity. Though medications help many patients get relief from their symptoms, in some cases, surgical intervention is needed. The team of ear, nose, and throat specialists at Austin ENT Associates in Round Rock, Texas, performs in-office balloon sinuplasty to treat sinusitis. To learn more about balloon sinuplasty and how it may help you, call or book an appointment online today.
Balloon Sinuplasty Q & A
What is balloon sinuplasty?
Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive in-office procedure Austin ENT Associates offers to treat sinusitis.
Sinusitis is an inflammation or swelling of the tissue that lines your sinus cavity. You may develop sinusitis from an upper respiratory infection like the cold or flu, allergies, or nasal polyps. The inflammation and swelling can cause headaches, a runny nose, or nasal congestion.
Until recently, treatment for sinusitis was limited to medications or conventional sinus surgery. But with advances in endoscopic tools and techniques, the team at Austin ENT Associates can treat sinusitis without surgery or lengthy downtime with a balloon sinuplasty.
The minimally invasive procedure doesn’t require incisions or removal of any bone or tissue. This means less blood loss, minimal pain, shorter recovery time, and lower risk of infection.
Am I a candidate for balloon sinuplasty?
The team at Austin ENT Associates determines if you’re a candidate for balloon sinuplasty during a consultation. They may consider you a candidate for the in-office procedure if you suffer from chronic sinusitis that causes:
- Frequent headaches
- Sinus infections
- Chronic bad breath
- Difficulty breathing
The procedure may only be recommended if medications fail to alleviate your symptoms and you’ve been considering sinus surgery.
What happens during balloon sinuplasty?
Your ear, nose, and throat specialist at Austin ENT Associates performs your balloon sinuplasty at the office using topical and local anesthesia.
During the procedure, your provider inserts a flexible balloon-tip catheter into one of your nostrils and advances it toward your sinus cavity. Once in place, your surgeon inflates the balloon, which gently widens the passageway.
Your surgeon then deflates and removes the balloon, restoring normal sinus shape for better drainage and function.
What happens after balloon sinuplasty?
After your balloon sinuplasty, the team at Austin ENT Associates monitors you at the office for a short time before sending you home. You may experience some pain and swelling following your balloon sinuplasty.
Though recovery time varies, most patients resume their usual activities within a day after the procedure.
You should notice an immediate improvement in your sinusitis symptoms and the results may last as long as two years.
To see if you’re a candidate for balloon sinuplasty, call Austin ENT Associates or book a consultation online today.