Do you often experience frequent sinus infections? Feeling bogged down by fatigue, nasal congestion, facial and eye pain, thick discolored drainage, bad breath, and coughing? These are signs of chronic sinusitis. If you recognize these symptoms, your physician may have suggested an in-office balloon sinuplasty.
What is an in-office balloon sinuplasty?
The goal of an in-office balloon sinuplasty is to clear blocked sinuses, typically recommended for individuals dealing with chronic sinusitis. This procedure involves no cutting, no removal of bones, and is conducted under local anesthesia. Hospital admission is unnecessary, as the entire process can be conveniently performed in the doctor’s office.
What to expect before an in-office balloon sinuplasty
You will need to stop all medications that can encourage bleeding during and after the procedure including NSAIDS (aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen), vitamins, and herbal supplements. Talk with your doctor about any prescription blood thinners you normally take.
The day of the procedure:
- Eat a normal breakfast or lunch.
- Plan to have someone drive you home.
- Wear warm comfortable clothes.
- Expect to be at the office approximately an hour and a half.
What happens during an in-office balloon sinuplasty
Following the administration of anesthesia, a small flashlight and camera will be introduced into the sinus cavity. Next, a pliable balloon catheter will be inserted and gradually inflated to widen and expand the cavity. To eliminate any accumulation of pus or mucus and reduce the risk of future sinus infections, the cavities will be flushed with a saline solution.
This process safely opens up all the pathways connecting the sinuses and nostrils, facilitating improved air circulation and more effective drainage of the sinuses.
What to expect after an in-office balloon sinuplasty
Anticipate a swift recovery, allowing you to resume work and normal activities within one to two days. Immediate relief from pain and pressure is typically experienced.
You may encounter minimal bleeding and discomfort. Saline will be supplied for nasal passage rinsing over the next few weeks, and antibiotics may be prescribed as a preventive measure against infection.
If you have chronic sinus issues, contact an ENT specialist near you to find out if an in-office balloon sinuplasty is right for you.