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What Is Balloon Sinuplasty?

Balloon sinuplasty, also called balloon sinus dilation, is a simple office procedure that gently expands the natural sinus openings to fix underlying drainage problems. If you suffer from poor sinus drainage, you already know that antibiotics, decongestants, and steroids can do only so much.

Until recently, sufferers of chronic or recurrent sinusitis were limited to two treatment options. First, there is medication therapy. After that, aggressive sinus surgery. However, advances in medical science have fortunately opened new doors. As a result, there is now a treatment that can be performed in your doctor’s office without the need for cutting or tissue removal.

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Balloon sinuplasty (or balloon sinus dilation) at Nevada Sinus Relief is a minimally invasive in-office procedure, performed under local anesthesia, that delivers immediate and long-lasting relief. Your doctor will reshape and open your sinus pathways by inflating small balloons in key places in the nose and sinuses, restoring drainage. After the opening of the affected sinus is cleared, the balloon is deflated and removed, but the sinus remains open. By gently reconfiguring the structure of the bones in the nose, the catheter restores normal sinus drainage, and keeps postoperative pain and bleeding to a minimum. Most patients can return home, the same day of the procedure.

Benefits of a Balloon Sinuplasty

Balloon sinuplasty has many advantages over traditional procedures. Benefits may include:

  • Absence of surgical incisions
  • No damage to surrounding tissue
  • Lack of serious complications
  • Shorter recovery time
  • Reduced bleeding


Although balloon sinuplasty is an effective treatment for relieving many sinus problems, and has no reported serious complications, it is not appropriate for everyone. Balloon sinuplasty cannot be performed on patients who have extensive scarring of the sinuses, ethmoid sinusitis or nasal polyps.

Recovery From Balloon Sinuplasty

Patients may experience a bloody discharge for 3 to 5 days after the surgery. They may also experience pain and sinus pressure which can be relieved with acetaminophen. Patients should avoid using any type of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) because they may cause bleeding. Nasal congestion is also common. Nasal passages and breathing should return to normal 2 to 3 weeks after surgery.

Risks of Balloon Sinuplasty

Since balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure, risks are minimal but may include: bleeding, infection or swelling. The great majority of patients experience relief from the symptoms of sinusitis, soon after a balloon sinuplasty procedure. Studies indicate that most patients experience continued sinus health for up to 2 years after the procedure.

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For the past several years, Nevada Sinus Relief has treated many patients with chronic sinus problems using the non-invasive balloon sinuplasty procedure.

Who Should Avoid Balloon Sinuplasty?

Patients who have chronic sinusitis, nasal polyps, or a deviated are not suitable candidates for balloon sinuplasty. In addition, patients who suffer from sleep apnea may not be suitable candidates for the procedure. Patients who have other types of underlying respiratory conditions may not be suitable candidates. As such, it is important to disclose your medical history to ensure that balloon sinuplasty is the right procedure for you.

How Long Do the Results Last?

The results after a balloon sinuplasty can be long-lasting. However, every patient’s response to the procedure is different, so be sure to discuss your concerns in consultation. During that time, the pros, cons, and possible alternatives will also be discussed, so you can make an educated decision.

What Is the Average Cost of a Balloon Sinuplasty?

The cost of balloon sinuplasty will be discussed in the consultation. However, the average cost of the procedure can range between $2000 to $7,000, depending on whether you are insured or not. If you have insurance, be sure to verify whether you have a deductible you need to reach prior to having the procedure covered in full.

How Is Balloon Sinuplasty Different From Traditional Surgery?

Traditional sinus surgery involves removing bone and tissue that is blocking the upper airway and sinus passages. With balloon sinuplasty, the natural structure of your sinuses is preserved; however, the sinus passages are gently expanded using a specialized balloon. This is less traumatic than traditional sinus surgery, making recovery faster and less painful.

How Long Does the Procedure Take?

Balloon sinuplasty usually takes between 60 to 90 minutes to complete. However, the duration of the procedure will depend on your condition and degree of obstruction. Full details of the procedure will be discussed during your consultation.

Is Balloon Sinuplasty Painful?

Most patients tolerate the procedure quite well, with only slight discomfort. Local or general anesthesia can be used to keep you as comfortable as possible throughout the procedure.

Will Insurance Cover the Procedure?

Many insurance providers do cover the cost of balloon sinuplasty. However, it is important to verify what is covered prior to scheduling your procedure.

Need More Information?

If you have questions about balloon sinuplasty or need more information, please feel free to call us at 702.805.1550 or contact us here.

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