Exploring Balloon Sinuplasty for Chronic Sinusitis

Exploring Balloon Sinuplasty for Chronic Sinusitis

Everyone has experienced a blocked or running nose at some point in their lives, as this exerts excess pressure on the nose and causes difficulty breathing. This can be due to the inflammation and swelling of the tissues lining the sinuses, a condition known as sinusitis. An infection causes it, and in some cases, due to trauma to the face, which leads to a deviated septum or even complications from immune system disorders.

A survey showed that over 37 million people suffer from sinusitis annually, America's most reported chronic condition. Sinusitis is very discomforting, and it comes with flu-like symptoms such as nasal congestion and discharge, nasal pain, problems with breathing, decreased sense of smell, and discomfort around the eyes and nose. All these symptoms lead to recurring headaches, fatigue, asthma attacks, vision problems, and sleep deprivation. There are two forms of sinusitis: Acute and Chronic.

Acute sinusitis vs Chronic sinusitis

Acute sinusitis is usually brief; its symptoms last less than a month and typically start with a cold. This can subsequently develop into a bacterial infection and tends to disappear by itself or after some self-care techniques such as drinking fluids, rinsing out the nasal passages, applying a warm compress to your face, and rest.

Chronic sinusitis; This lasts longer, and diagnosis occurs when symptoms have lasted for up to three months. It is usually a result of prolonged inflammation rather than infections. They are treated by doctor-prescribed treatments such as; Antibiotics, saline nasal irrigation, Invasive conventional surgery, and sinus balloon surgery.

How Is Sinusitis Diagnosed?

A physical examination is conducted based on your history and symptoms. After observing the symptoms, the doctor inspects the nasal cavities for mucus buildup and signs of inflammation. Also, additional testing, such as MRIs and allergy tests, can be used to confirm your diagnosis after a review of your medical history.

How Does the Sinus Balloon Surgery Work?

Sinus Balloon Surgery, or balloon sinuplasty (BSP), is a minimally invasive procedure for treating people living with chronic sinusitis. It requires no surgical instruments as no incision occurs and causes no physical changes to the face. When BSP is about to be performed, a probe or a tiny catheter with a small balloon attached to it is gently inserted into your sinus cavity to reach the point of inflammation through your nostrils. Once in place, the balloon is gently inflated to open the cavity blockage. The cavity is then rinsed with saline, washing away the trapped mucus. After the process, the balloon is deflated and removed, and patients typically experience immediate relief.

Benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty

  1. The procedure is highly efficient as it addresses the core issue by surgically opening the sinus cavity, thereby reestablishing the normal passage of air and mucus.
  2. It has a shorter operating time than other procedures.
  3. It has fewer side effects such as pain, soreness, and incisions, and bone removal is not required.
  4. Less expensive than other conventional surgeries as local sedatives instead of general anesthesia can be used.
  5. Sinuplasty recovery time is immediate, as patients can go home immediately after the procedure and continue with their everyday routine.
  6. It is much more comfortable than other traditional surgeries as it requires saline rinsing to keep sinus healing on track.

Sinuplasty Recovery

Sinus balloon surgery causes little or no disruption, as patients can return to their normal routine almost immediately. It takes minimal time and can be performed in any of the ENT of Georgia South offices- avoiding the hospital and surgery center. Though a follow-up appointment is scheduled, as long as the patient takes their medications and does not overexert themselves physically immediately after the procedure, there are no lasting health and safety concerns.


We all know health is wealth, and any pain in the nasal cavities can cause discomfort and a break in our daily activities. However, ENT of Georgia South offers the best Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) treatment for all ages. We use the latest technologies to ensure the highest quality of care. Book an appointment today to find out if you are a candidate for balloon sinuplasty and start your journey to recovery.

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