Balloon Sinuplasty Specialist

Richard L. Nass, M.D., F.A.C.S. -  - Otolaryngologist

Richard L. Nass, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Otolaryngologist & Sinus and Nasal Specialist located in Manhattan, New York, NY & East Hampton, NY

If you suffer from chronic sinusitis and conservative treatments fail to ease your symptoms, consider a balloon sinuplasty. Richard L. Nass, M.D., F.A.C.S., and his team perform balloon sinuplasty on an outpatient basis. This quick, virtually painless procedure can make it easier to breathe and improve your quality of life. To make an appointment at the practice in Midtown East, Manhattan, or East Hampton, New York, call the nearest office or schedule online today.

Balloon Sinuplasty Q & A

What is a balloon sinuplasty?

A balloon sinuplasty is an outpatient procedure used to clear blocked sinuses. It’s a relatively new treatment option that first received FDA approval in 2005. 

A balloon sinuplasty takes very little time and doesn’t require incisions or the removal of bone or tissue. As a result, the procedure rarely presents complications and boasts a proven record of success.

What does a balloon sinuplasty involve?

A balloon sinuplasty is an outpatient procedure that Dr. Nass performs in-office. Prior to your operation, he administers local anesthesia to ensure your comfort. 

Once the anesthesia sets in, Dr. Nass inserts a thin wire with a flashlight and camera on the end into your sinuses. The camera captures real-time images of your sinus cavities and sends them to a TV monitor in the operating suite.

After positioning the camera and light, Dr. Nass carefully inserts a thin, flexible balloon catheter into your sinus passage. Once placed, he slowly inflates the balloon, expanding your sinus opening.

Next, Dr. Nass flushes out your sinuses with a medical-grade saline solution. When this occurs, you’ll feel a significant reduction in pressure. After cleaning out your sinuses, Dr. Nass deflates the balloon and gently removes it. Following the procedure, it’s much easier to breathe.

What is recovery like following a balloon sinuplasty?

Following a balloon sinuplasty, Dr. Nass provides you with care instructions. In the first week after your surgery, it’s normal to experience some bloody discharge coming from your nose. You might also experience some swelling, discomfort, and fatigue. 

Carefully follow Dr. Nass’s recovery instructions. Take any medication as prescribed and attend each subsequent check-up. If you experience any symptoms that concern you, call the nearest office to speak with a caring member of the administrative team.

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Is a balloon sinuplasty safe?

Balloon sinuplasty is safe and generally well-tolerated, but like any type of sinus surgery, there are inherent risks. To ensure a positive outcome, take your antibiotics and regularly cleanse the treated area. 

If you regularly experience a stuffy nose or sinus-related headaches, a balloon sinuplasty is worth considering.

To see if you’re a candidate for a balloon sinuplasty, make an appointment at the practice of Richard L. Nass, M.D., by calling the nearest office, or scheduling online today.