Balloon Sinuplasty FAQs

Here are some commonly asked questions and their answers about the Balloon Sinuplasty procedure.

Are you interested in long-term solutions to your sinus problems? Do you have questions about balloon sinuplasty?

If you struggle with chronic sinus infections and other solutions have not provided long-term relief then balloon sinuplasty may be for you. Dr. Brian Lee and the professionals at Scottsdale Sinus and Allergy Center will walk you through all your treatment options to determine what plan best meets your needs.

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What is Sinus Surgery?

Traditional sinus surgery is known as endoscopic sinus surgery. This invasive procedure is typically done in a hospital or outpatient facility under general anesthesia. Sinus surgery involves cutting to remove tissue and bone and often requires an extended recovery period that may last for weeks or months.

Sinus surgery is irreversible and there are higher risks for surgical complications. Sinus surgery has been the traditional recommendation of physicians and surgeons. However, balloon sinuplasty provides many of the same benefits without the risk of surgery.

What is Balloon Sinuplasty?

Balloon Sinuplasty is a minimally invasive office procedure. Unlike sinus medication, balloon sinuplasty gets to the root of the problem. It is designed to physically open the sinus cavity and clean out any infection.

Sinuplasty involves inserting a tiny catheter through the nose and into the infected sinus. Once inside, a small balloon is inflated which gently opens the blockage. The sinus is cleaned to flush out all possible infections. With a quick recovery, you can return to enjoying your daily activities free of sinus pain and pressure.

Is it Covered by Insurance or Medicare?

Insurance companies have discovered the overall benefit of balloon sinuplasty. Most insurance companies and Medicare will cover this procedure when it is medically necessary. You can contact your insurance provider to see if sinuplasty is covered.

Is Balloon Sinus Treatment Affordable?

The financial benefits of sinuplasty are very favorable for the patient. With sinuplasty, there is no hospitalization, no anesthesia, and no extended recovery period. Doctors, patients, and insurance companies have discovered the cost benefits of balloon sinus treatment. This modern solution improves patient health and reduces overall expenses.

Balloon sinus treatment lowers the overall cost by controlling expenses in several areas. The procedure is done in the doctor’s office which prevents expensive hospital fees and copays. There is no need for a costly anesthesiologist or any other additional medical professionals.

Patients are back to work quickly and can better meet the needs of their family, work, and community. They experience fewer missed days of work and have a significant increase in their overall quality of life.

Does Balloon Sinuplasty Work?

As of March 2017, more than 535,000 patients have enjoyed the lasting benefits of balloon sinuplasty. People are turning to sinuplasty because it is both safe and highly effective. Years of clinical research have proven that the benefits of sinuplasty are long-lasting and life-changing.

According to clinical research (1), the balloon sinuplasty success rate is greater than 95%. This astounding rate of success is driving more patients to find extended relief through balloon sinuplasty. Therefore, balloon treatment has become the gold standard for long-term sinus relief.

What are some Sinus Surgery Recovery Tips?

When recovering from any type of sinus surgery, it's critical to pay attention to your aftercare recommendations. The first two weeks are crucial for sinus surgery recovery, so pay close attention and you'll be back to breathing normally in no time!

Week 1

  • Rest –The goal of rest is to allow your sinuses to drain more efficiently during the healing process without risking further infection. 
  • Symptom Care and Prevention - If you think you're getting a cold or the flu after surgery, take a decongestant as soon as possible. Because your nose will be swollen and painful, you must proceed with caution. 
  • Cleaning and Wound care - Cleaning your nose once packing is removed is essential to avoid infection and keep your nasal passages open. 
  • Adjusting Your Daily Routine – If your nasal cartilage was broken or cut in any way, it’s a good idea to avoid activities that may put you at a higher risk of bumping into your nose. 

Week 2

The second week of your post-surgery recovery is similar to the first, however, you will note that your swelling has decreased significantly and that you are feeling less and less congested as the days pass.

Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (ESS) vs. Balloon Sinuplasty

During ESS, an ENT will permanently remove parts of bone and tissue to regain full use of your once blocked air passageway. The recovery for these operations can range from a couple of weeks to a few months. 

With Balloon Sinuplasty, the latest in sinus treatment, you can typically resume normal activities in about 24-48 hours.

Check out our blog for more information on Balloon Sinuplasty recovery and related tips.

Is it Safe?

Yes, because it does not involve cutting or removing tissue, balloon sinuplasty complications are very rare. Unlike traditional sinus surgery, there is minimal risk of infection, bleeding, or other side effects. Most procedures are done in the doctor’s office under local anesthesia which significantly reduces balloon sinuplasty risks.

Dr. Brian Lee is one of the few ENTs who has the technology to offer image-guided navigation in the office. This advanced technology provides precision tracking of the balloon’s exact location. Dr. Lee can provide the most accurate and precise adjustments to ensure the highest level of success. Balloon sinuplasty with Dr. Lee is safer and more effective than ever before

Is it FDA Cleared?

Yes, balloon sinuplasty has been cleared by the FDA since 2005. With decades of experience and clinical data, this procedure is a safe alternative to traditional surgery.

Is this for me?

Dr. Brian Lee has built a reputation for providing the most attentive care to children and adults who suffer from all types of ear, nose, and throat conditions. Dr. Lee is known for his unique commitment to:

  • Take time to listen to each patient
  • Explain each treatment option
  • Answer questions and address concerns
  • Earn the trust of every patient

Contact us today and get started on the path to long-term sinus relief. Our professional staff is experienced in working with patients like you. Patients who need to experience relief from sinus pain and pressure. With balloon sinuplasty, we have successfully helped countless patients avoid surgery and regain the ability to live without the symptoms of sinus infections

Schedule your appointment with Dr. Brian Lee to find the best option for your relief.

Find out if you're a candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty, which greatly reduces the suffering experienced by chronic sinusitis patients. Call today 480-885-7157 or set an appointment with the office by using our Appointment Form.

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  1. Levine et al, "Multicenter Registry of Balloon Catheter Sinusotomy Outcomes for 1,036 Patients." Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology, 117(4):263-270, 2008.
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