Balloon Sinuplasty Specialist

Beach Cities ENTS

Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists located in Torrance, CA

If you have chronic sinusitis, you may benefit from a balloon sinuplasty to improve your sinus problems. At Beach Cities ENTS, in Torrance, California, the team of board-certified ear, nose, and throat specialists performs in-office balloon sinuplasty procedures as a minimally invasive option to treat chronic sinusitis. Call Beach Cities ENTS or schedule a consultation online today at the South Bay area office to find out if balloon sinuplasty is the best treatment for you.

Balloon Sinuplasty Q & A

What is balloon sinuplasty?

Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that opens the passages to your sinuses. It’s a safe and effective alternative to more invasive sinus surgeries.  Balloon sinuplasty can be performed in the office under local anesthesia.  This procedure uses a thin wire to locate the path to your sinus and a surgical balloon to put gentle pressure on your sinus openings and expand them so they are less likely to swell closed. 

When would I need balloon sinuplasty?

The team at Beach Cities ENTS uses balloon sinuplasty to treat persistent or repeated episodes of sinusitis. Sinusitis can become a chronic sinus infection. Some of the signs of sinusitis include:

  • Four or more sinus infections in a year
  • Frequent or chronic congestion 
  • Recurring sinus pressure headaches
  • Constant phlegm or post-nasal drip

The team recommends balloon sinuplasty when other treatments for sinusitis haven’t been effective. If saline washes, nasal sprays, and medicines haven’t eased your symptoms and improved your persistent or repeated infections, balloon sinuplasty may be right for you. 

 A balloon sinuplasty also has many advantages, including:

  • No cost of a hospital, surgery center, anesthesiologist, and pathologist
  • No preoperative blood testing is required
  • The surgery is minimally invasive and performed under only local anesthesia

Because it does not involve cutting, bruising, or incisions, you can return to normal activities within 2-3 days.

To be eligible for balloon sinuplasty, you must have sinus problems including pain, pressure, drainage, phlegm, or congestions that doesn’t get better despite medical treatment. Your Beach Cities ENTS doctor will works with you to determine if you are a good candidate.

What happens during balloon sinuplasty?

Balloon sinuplasty is a relatively quick, in-office procedure that doesn’t involve any incisions, so you don’t have to worry about a hospital visit or general anesthesia. Your Beach Cities ENTS doctor provides a local anesthetic during balloon sinuplasty to ensure your comfort. 

Your doctor begins the procedure by ensuring your nasal cavity is numb and comfortable. Next,  a thin wire with a light on its tip is introduced into your sinuses so they can confirm the proper location. Then, they slide a balloon catheter through your sinus opening and slowly inflate the balloon and enlarge the sinus opening.

The balloon gently opens and reshapes your sinus opening to create more space for air to flow freely and reduce the swelling which leads to your problems. 

Finally, they deflate and remove the balloon, leaving your sinus passages open, and free of any mucus build-up or pressure. 

What should I expect while recovering from balloon sinuplasty?

Your Beach Cities ENTS doctor gives you aftercare instructions when they release you to go home. You should arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home, and rest for the first day, but most patients get back to their regular activities quickly. 

You may notice some bloody drainage from your nose or swelling and congestion. These are typical symptoms after any sinus procedure or surgery and should subside within a week. 

You should avoid blowing your nose for at least the first 24 hours after balloon sinuplasty. You may also find that sleeping with your head elevated reduces swelling and discomfort.

If you have chronic sinusitis, call Beach Cities ENTS or make an appointment online today to find out if balloon sinuplasty is right for you.

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