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Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to treat chronic sinusitis, a condition where the lining of the sinuses become inflamed and swollen, causing difficulty breathing through the nose, facial pain, and pressure.

how it is performed

Balloon sinoplasty can be performed under local anesthesia or general anesthesia. Balloon Sinuplasty (BSP) uses a small, flexible, balloon catheter to open up blocked sinus passageways and facilitate drainage of the mucus that accumulates in patients suffering from chronic sinusitis symptoms.When the sinus balloon is inflated, it restructures and widens the walls of the sinus passageway while maintaining the integrity of the sinus lining.

Balloon sinuplasty is less invasive than traditional sinus surgery and can often be performed in an outpatient setting. It is generally considered a safe and effective treatment option for chronic sinusitis, with a low risk of complications.

Some of the potential benefits of balloon sinuplasty include:

  • Minimally invasive: Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that can be performed with local anesthesia, making it a less traumatic option compared to traditional sinus surgery.
  • Quick recovery: Recovery time is relatively short, with most patients able to return to normal activities within a few days.
  • Reduced pain: Balloon sinuplasty is generally associated with less pain and discomfort compared to traditional sinus surgery.
  • Improved breathing: Balloon sinuplasty can improve breathing by opening up the sinus passages and allowing for better drainage.
  • Fewer complications: The risk of complications associated with balloon sinuplasty is generally low compared to traditional sinus surgery.

Why is the surgery done

Chronic sinusitis can cause a range of symptoms, including facial pain, pressure, congestion, and difficulty breathing through the nose. Balloon sinuplasty may be recommended when other treatments for chronic sinusitis, such as medications, nasal sprays, or allergy shots, have not provided sufficient relief. Balloon sinuplasty may also be used to treat other sinus conditions, such as:

  • Recurrent sinus infections: If you experience frequent sinus infections, balloon sinuplasty may be used to open up the sinus passages and prevent infections from recurring.
  • Nasal polyps: Balloon sinuplasty may be used to remove or shrink nasal polyps, which are small growths that can develop in the nasal passages and cause obstruction.
  • Deviated septum: If you have a deviated septum, balloon sinuplasty may be used in conjunction with septoplasty to improve breathing and reduce the risk of recurrent sinus infections.

What to expect post surgery

After balloon sinuplasty surgery, it is common to experience some discomfort and congestion for a few days. Here are some things you can expect in the days and weeks following balloon sinuplasty surgery:

  • Congestion and drainage: You may experience some nasal congestion and drainage for a few days after the procedure.
  • Pain and discomfort: You may experience some pain and discomfort in the days following the procedure.
  • Activity restrictions: Your doctor may recommend that you avoid certain activities, such as blowing your nose, strenuous exercise, or swimming, for a few days after the procedure.
  • Follow-up appointments
  • Improvement in symptoms: Many people experience an improvement in their symptoms, such as reduced congestion and better breathing, within a few days of the procedure. However, it may take several weeks to fully recover and see the full benefits of the procedure.

Risks associated with the surgery

Like any surgical procedure, rhinoplasty does come with some risks and potential complications. Some of the risks and potential complications of rhinoplasty include:

  • Allergic reaction to anesthesia
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Scarring

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