Do you frequently suffer from chronic sinus infections with fatigue, nasal congestion, pain and pressure in the face and eyes, thick discolored drainage, bad breath, and coughing? These are just a few of the symptoms of chronic sinusitis. If this is you, San Francisco Otolaryngology may have already recommended an in office balloon sinuplasty:
Know what to expect before and after.
The Smart Sinus Procedure
The “smart sinus procedure” is the name given to an in office balloon sinuplasty. Unlike traditional sinus surgery, there is no cutting, no removal of bones, and it is performed under local anesthesia. As the name proclaims, you don’t have to be admitted to the hospital and can have it performed right in the doctor’s office. The purpose is to clear blocked sinuses and is usually recommended for those with chronic sinusitis.
It has been adapted from angioplasty where balloon catheters dilate damaged or congested blood vessels near the heart.
Before The Procedure
Expect to stop all medications that can encourage bleeding during and after the procedure like NSAIDS, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Talk with your provider about any prescription blood thinners you normally take.
Day Of The Procedure
Eat a normal breakfast or lunch and plan to have someone drive you home. Wear comfortable clothes. Expect to be at the office approximately an hour and a half.
During The Procedure
After local anesthesia is administered, a tiny flashlight and camera will be inserted into the sinus cavity, and then a flexible balloon catheter will follow, and it will slowly be inflated to widen and expand the cavity. The cavities will then be flushed with a saline solution to remove any pus or mucus buildup to help reduce any future sinus infections.
This safely opens up all the pathways between the sinuses and nostrils which allows air to flow and your sinuses to drain better.
After The In Office Balloon Sinuplasty
Expect that you will have quick recovery and be back to work and normal activities within days.
Expect minimal bleeding and discomfort. It is recommended to use nasal saline rinse after the procedure for the next 1-2 weeks to rinse the nasal passages. You may be given antibiotics to prevent any infection.
Make an appointment with San Francisco Otolaryngology if you have chronic sinus issues, and find out if an in office balloon sinuplasty is right for you.