Affecting over 11% of Americans, chronic sinusitis is one of the most prevalent chronic illnesses in America. Patients suffering chronic sinusitis, a condition in which the tissue lining the sinuses becomes inflamed and swollen, experience symptoms such as nasal congestion, difficulty breathing, and facial pain.
Balloon sinuplasty is a type of surgical procedure used to treat chronic sinusitis. It is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a small balloon to open up the blocked sinus passages and improve airflow, drainage, and release pressure.
In this article, Dr. Schalch Lepe discusses the benefits of balloon sinuplasty as a treatment for sinus diseases and how it might be an ideal treatment for you or a loved one.
How Does Balloon Sinuplasty Work?
During balloon sinuplasty, Dr. Schalch Lepe inserts a small balloon into the blocked sinus passage through the nostril. The balloon is then inflated, which gently opens up the sinus passage and restores normal drainage and airflow. The balloon is then deflated and removed, leaving the sinus passage open and allowing the mucus to drain properly and air to flow freely.
The balloon used in balloon sinuplasty is similar to those used in other medical procedures, such as angioplasty. It is made of a flexible material that can be easily inserted into the narrow sinus passages and inflated to a predetermined size. The balloon is carefully controlled and monitored by the surgeon, who uses specialized imaging technology to ensure that it is properly positioned and inflated.
Key Benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty
The key benefits of balloon sinuplasty include:
- It is a minimally invasive procedure, which means it is less traumatic to the tissue and can be performed under local anesthesia.
- It can be performed in an outpatient setting, so you don’t have to stay overnight in the hospital.
- Recovery time is generally shorter than with traditional sinus surgery.
- It has a high success rate, with many patients experiencing significant symptom relief after the procedure.
- It is generally considered to be a safe procedure with few complications.
Balloon Sinuplasty in San Diego, CA
Balloon sinuplasty can help relieve suffering from chronic sinusitis and other sinus diseases without changing the internal tissue structure of the patient’s airways. As the procedure doesn’t involve any cutting or excising of skin or tissue, patients enjoy rapid recovery times with little to no downtime and a drastic improvement in quality of life. If you or a loved one is suffering from sinus disease, learn more about balloon sinuplasty and how it can help you today and contact Dr. Schalch Lepe at (858) 925-5800 or book your consultation online.