Sinus infections are the result of fluid building up in the sinuses, which are air-filled pockets located in the face behind the cheeks, nose and forehead. When fluid pools in the sinuses, bacteria and germs can grow in it. If the fluid remains for 12 weeks or longer, the sinus infection is considered chronic. One solution for chronic sinus infections is balloon sinuplasty.
What Is Balloon Sinuplasty?
Balloon sinuplasty is a sinus procedure that does not involve cutting or removal of bones or tissue. The procedure was approved by the FDA in 2005 and is sometimes called the “smart sinus procedure.”
How Is Balloon Sinuplasty Performed?
Balloon sinuplasty may be performed in a hospital or an ENT (ear, nose and throat) clinic.
When undergoing a balloon sinuplasty procedure, you’re first placed under local or general anesthesia. You’ll discuss which option is better for you before your appointment.
During the procedure, the physician will advance a small lighted scope into the sinus so they can see what they’re doing. Then, they’ll insert a thin, flexible balloon catheter into the sinus passage. The balloon is slowly inflated to expand the opening of the sinuses. Next, the doctor will flush out any fluid with a saline solution.
Once this process is complete, the scope and the balloon are removed. You should feel relief from the pressure right away.
How Is the Recovery Process with Balloon Sinuplasty?
Most people are able to return to their regular activities within a day or two after a balloon sinuplasty procedure. For the first 24 hours, you should not blow your nose or do any strenuous activity that elevates your heartrate.
For about a week following surgery, you may experience some bloody drainage coming from the nose; this is normal. You may also experience swelling, fatigue and congestion. These side effects should pass within five to seven days.
Make sure you follow all your doctor’s post-op instructions carefully to ensure you heal quickly and without complications. To enjoy Echobrook Nursery without experiencing sinus symptoms, call the sinus experts at ENT of Worcester today.