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What Is a Balloon Sinuplasty?

Sinus problems, such as allergies and chronic inflammation, can affect your entire life, complicating sleep, and making activities more strenuous. A balloon sinuplasty, however, is a revolutionary procedure that can change your life for the better. Dr. Richard Nass, your ENT specialist in Manhattan, New York, has helped a multitude of his patients restore breathing and comfort through balloon sinuplasties. Information about this procedure is detailed in this post.


What is a balloon sinuplasty?

Balloon sinuplasty is an endoscopic procedure, which means that your Manhattan ENT physician will insert a thin, flexible tube into your nasal passages while you're under mild anesthesia. The tube has a light and camera at the end of it, allowing Dr. Nass to see as he guides a tiny, deflated balloon into the affected sinus cavity. The process of inflating the balloon expands the sinus cavities by dispersing obstructions. Dr. Nass will then flush out the nose with saline to remove any debris, then the balloon is deflated and the endoscope removed. The procedure typically takes about an hour.


Why is a balloon sinuplasty necessary?

Like most procedures, invasive and otherwise, balloon sinuplasty is typically reserved for when conservative treatments like decongestant medications, antibiotics, or steroids have failed to offer relief. Chronic infection may be associated with a breakdown of the sinus walls, in addition to causing constant headaches, sinus drainage, and difficulty sleeping.


How is a balloon sinuplasty different than sinus surgery?

This type of sinus treatment is quickly becoming the preferred method of treating chronic sinus problems. The downtime is minimal, there's very little post-operative bleeding or swelling, Follow-ups have found that a balloon sinuplasty is as effective in the long term as traditional sinus surgery. In the short term, almost all patients report noticeable relief within a week of their procedure.


To schedule a consultation with otolaryngologist Richard Nass, contact our office in Manhattan at (212) 734-4515 to speak with one of our friendly staff members.

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