Sinusitis is a type of condition that occurs when your sinus lining becomes inflamed. If the inflammation is severe enough, it’s possible that the opening of the sinus can be blocked, which can lead to the development of pain and additional infections. Sinusitis can last anywhere from a month to more than three months. In the event that you have suffered from this condition for more than three months, it might be time to consider your treatment options. One of the primary procedures used for the treatment of sinusitis is what’s known as a balloon sinus dilation. This procedures is simple and straightforward, providing you with the means of having your sinusitis cleared and only needing to go through a short recovery period.
What Is a Balloon Sinus Dilation Procedure?
Balloon sinus dilation is a type of procedure that is designed to be minimally invasive and can be used for the correction of sinusitis. When you are considering this procedure, keep in mind that it involves having a small balloon placed into the nose and then inflated in order to clear the blockage that had caused the sinusitis to worsen. Before the procedure occurs, you will be given anesthesia so that you won’t feel any pain as the procedure is ongoing. Most plastic surgeons will use local anesthesia that puts you to sleep until the treatment is completed. However, there are also a large number of surgeons that choose to use local anesthesia where you will be awake throughout the entire procedure. This type of anesthesia is placed directly into the area where the treatment is taking place in order to make the area numb.
The procedure is a quick one that doesn’t require any incisions to be made. Once the balloon has been inflated, the sinus passageways will open up and the mucus will drain, which helps with your relief from this condition. The results from this procedure should be immediate. Saline spray is sent through the balloon open to ensure that the mucus drains quickly. In most cases, you can return to work in as little as 2-3 days, making this procedure much less invasive than traditional sinus surgery.
Signs That You Are Suffering From Sinusitis
Sinusitis will typically be preceded from some type of sickness, usually an allergy attack or a common cold. If these conditions linger, your sinuses can become inflamed and your openings may be blocked, which doesn’t allow the built-up mucus to drain properly. Given the fact that this condition is typically preceded by a cold or other type of sickness, it can oftentimes be difficult to identify when the sickness ended and when the sinusitis began, which is why it’s important to be on the lookout for some of the more common symptoms that come along with this condition.
Whether you are suffering from chronic or acute sinusitis, the symptoms of this condition will include pain in your teeth, a general fatigue, the loss of smell, headaches, difficulties with breathing, and facial pain. It’s also likely that you will experience a certain amount of tenderness within the nose, eyes, forehead, and cheeks. If you start to experience several of these symptoms at the same time, it’s likely that you are going through sinusitis. However, it’s only when the sinusitis has become chronic that you should set up an appointment with a surgeon for the balloon sinus dilation procedure. Given that these symptoms can worsen over time as your sinus openings are blocked, it’s important that you try to get the condition treated as quickly as you can.
What Are the Risks of Balloon Sinus Dilation?
Balloon sinus dilation is considered to be a minimally invasive procedure, which means that there are hardly any possible complications associated with the procedure. Given the fact that your sinus passageways will need to be opened, there are a few risks that you should be aware of before scheduling this procedure. For instance, you could experience mucosal and tissue trauma in the immediate area, although this type of trauma typically only involves a small amount of pain. In some cases, an infection may develop, which is something that will need to be treated immediately upon detection. Although rare, it is also possible for you to suffer from an optic injury.
When you are considering this procedure, make sure that you ask your plastic surgeon about all of the risks involved with the procedure. For one, this will allow you to be confident that the surgeon knows what they are talking about. It will also give you peace of mind that the procedure is a safe one. During this talk, ask all of the questions that you want to so as to ensure that you are properly informed about all of the risks and benefits that are associated with a balloon sinus dilation procedure.
Best Candidates For Balloon Sinus Dilation
If you are suffering from a lengthy and severe case of sinusitis, there’s a high chance that you are a good candidate for the balloon sinus dilation procedure. It’s minimally invasive, which means that there aren’t many requirements when considering potential patients for the treatment. If you are going through a chronic bout of sinusitis and find that the standard medications used to fight against this condition aren’t working as intended, it’s likely that you are an ideal candidate for balloon sinus dilation. To make sure that you are a good candidate for this procedure, talk to your plastic surgeon about each of the treatment options available for sinusitis. They will recommend the treatment that they believe is the best for your specific case.
Dr. Rubinstein is a facial and ENT plastic surgeon who has received double board certifications from the American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology. He specializes in sinus, nasal, and allergic disorders and has completed thousands of surgeries related to the ear, nose, and throat.