Balloon Sinuplasty

Balloon Sinuplasty services offered in Wesley Chapel and Zephyrhills, FL

Balloon sinuplasty is an innovative solution to the facial pain and pressure caused by ongoing sinusitis. If you repeatedly get painful, inflamed sinuses, call Vitale Ear, Nose & Throat in Wesley Chapel or Zephyrhills, Florida. The practice’s experienced ENT doctors excel in using nonsurgical balloon sinuplasty to gently open the space in your sinuses. Call Vitale Ear, Nose & Throat today or book an appointment online to learn how balloon sinuplasty can relieve your discomfort.

What is balloon sinuplasty?

Balloon sinuplasty is a simple in-office procedure. Your ENT doctor at Vitale Ear, Nose & Throat gently expands the space in your sinuses using a small balloon.

Sinuses are hollow spaces behind your nose, cheeks, and forehead. Inflammation in the sinuses causes congestion and intense facial pain. Your doctor relieves these unpleasant symptoms by opening the sinuses using balloon sinuplasty.

Why would I need balloon sinuplasty?

You could benefit from balloon sinuplasty if you have chronic (long-term) or recurring sinusitis. Chronic sinusitis is a common condition affecting 37 million Americans. It’s caused by inflammation and swelling blocking sinus openings, preventing mucus from draining down your throat.

The resulting buildup of pressure causes intense pain that gets worse if you bend over. Sinusitis causes coldlike symptoms that include:

  • Congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Facial swelling
  • Loss of smell or taste
  • Bad breath
  • Fatigue
  • Headache

Sinusitis is often due to an infection. It can also result from nasal polyps (small growths inside the nose), a deviated septum (misaligned cartilage separating the nostrils), or a head injury.

Medical solutions like antibiotics, decongestants, and steroids work for some people. But others continue to suffer. Until recently, the only other treatment was aggressive sinus surgery. Fortunately, balloon sinuplasty is available and involves no cutting or tissue removal.

What does balloon sinuplasty involve?

Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that only requires a local anesthetic. Your ENT doctor sprays a saline (salt) solution into your sinuses that flushes out trapped mucus and pus. He reshapes your sinus pathways by inserting and inflating small balloons in key places in your nose and sinuses.

Recovery from balloon sinuplasty is far quicker than sinus surgery recovery. A few days after balloon sinuplasty, you should be able to return to your regular routine. Surgery usually requires two weeks of rest, and it would be several months before you fully healed.

You also avoid general anesthetic and surgical risks by having balloon sinuplasty. You won’t need to stay in the hospital after the procedure like you might following surgery.

Call Vitale Ear, Nose & Throat today or book an appointment online to learn more about relieving sinus pain with balloon sinuplasty.