Sinusitis affects 37 million Americans annually and although medications may help the majority of people, there are still many that require additional procedures for relief of their symptoms.

Often referred to as “angioplasty for the nose,” balloon sinuplasty is an innovative procedure used for the treatment of chronic sinusitis.

An endoscopic procedure performed under general anesthesia in an outpatient setting, balloon sinuplasty does not require incisions and cutting or the removal of bone and tissue. There is generally less pain, risk of infection, blood loss, bruising and swelling and many patients are often able to return to their normal activities in less time than they would from traditional “open” sinus surgery.

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Who is a Candidatefor Balloon Sinuplasty?

ballon-sinuplasty-111Balloon sinuplasty may be particularly beneficial to patients that have had their sinus problems diagnosed early. For patients with chronic, long-lasting problems, the procedure may be effective for some, though not all, of their sinuses. Your surgeon will discuss with you whether or not you are a candidate for full or partial treatment using balloon sinuplasty. Typically, patients with the following symptoms may benefit from the procedure:

  • Recurrent sinus infections that do not respond to medication
  • Headaches around the eyes
  • Chronic bad breath and/or foul taste in the mouth
  • Difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Chronic nasal problems

How Balloon Sinuplasty Works?

ballon-sinuplasty-222Under general anesthesia, a physician inserts a guide wire catheter equipped with a tiny balloon through the nostril in order to gain access to the blocked sinus passageway and the balloon is inflated, gently opening and widening the sinus passageway.

The balloon is then deflated and withdrawn leaving an open sinus passageway thus restoring normal sinus drainage and function.

Benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty

Although there are risks associated with any surgery, balloon sinuplasty has been shown to be clinically safe and effective. Some benefits include:

  • Since the device is inserted gently into the nostrils, there is no cutting or incisions (minimally invasive). Therefore, the procedure generally results in less pain, bleeding, bruising, swelling and risk of infection.
  • Balloon sinuplasty typically involves no tissue or bone removal, often resulting in less bleeding. Nasal packing may not be needed While recovery times may vary, most patients are able to return to normal activities in less time than with traditional surgery

Balloon Sinuplasty New Orleans

Sinusitis can become a serious debilitation for many sufferers. When all avenues of medication and other procedures do not provide adequate relief, balloon sinuplasty may be the answer to resolve the issue.Balloon Sinuplasty New Orleans Dr. Pippin performs helps patients with long-term sinusitis find the comfort and relief that’s eluded them since early childhood. When sinusitis becomes an annoying chronic problem, Balloon Sinuplasty New Orleans balloon sinus dilation improves the quality of their lives. In addition to the symptomatic breathing difficulties, sinusitis can cause painful headaches, sinus infections and halitosis. Sinusitis affects the other four senses in many ways.

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ballon-sinuplasty-333ballon-sinuplasty-444Balloon sinus dilation is a relatively simple surgical procedure that reduces pain and inflammation in the sinus cavity. In this procedure, Dr. Pippin inserts wire catheter with a tiny balloon into the nostril. When the balloon is inflated, it opens and broadens the blocked sinus cavity. When the balloon deflates, the patient find their sinus functions and drainage restored. This procedure is very similar to a cardio logical angioplasty where a wire probe is inserted into the groin and used to unblock a clogged blood vessel. Balloon sinuplasty is usually performed under local anesthesia. No invasive surgical incisions are necessary. After the surgery is performed, patients are able to resume their normal lifestyle. Most patients who opt for balloon sinuplasty feel healthier and notice an appreciable difference in their attendance at work or school. Many patients find after surgery they are able to return to vigorous exercise and activities previously inhibited by their sinus conditions.

It also reassuring to learn that unlike formal open sinus surgical procedures, pain, loss of blood and risk of infection with balloon sinuplasty are minimal. This is also true of post-operative bruising and swelling. This helps hasten recuperation and healing.



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