If your painful sinusitis symptoms do not respond to medications or other conservative therapies, you may be a candidate for a balloon sinuplasty. This safe and effective procedure helps patients who don’t respond to other treatments but seek relief from their uncomfortable, painful, and debilitating symptoms. Dr. Donald Burt can advise you if this procedure is right for you. Patients in Gilroy, California, should call his practice or use the online booking agent to schedule a consult.
Balloon sinuplasty, also known as balloon catheter dilation surgery, uses a small, flexible balloon catheter to open blocked sinus passageways. This procedure also facilitates drainage of the mucus that builds up in chronic sinusitis. The procedure unblocks inflamed sinuses when you have chronic pain.
Balloon sinuplasty is less invasive than traditional sinus surgeries but is just as effective at relieving the symptoms of chronic sinusitis. The procedure involves no incisions or removal of bone or normal tissue and allows you to return to normal activities quickly.
Balloon sinuplasty is quite safe, with more than 150,000 people treated successfully, with 95% of patients saying they’d do the procedure again. Rarely do patients require a repeat procedure. Recovery is quick, and most men and women return to normal activities after a day or two of rest.
During a balloon sinuplasty, Dr. Burt inserts a tiny flashlight attached to a wire into your sinus cavity to improve visibility. He then inserts a thin and flexible balloon catheter into your sinus passage that he inflates to expand your sinus opening.
The balloon gently repositions the bones around your sinuses, so when it’s removed, it leaves a widened passage. Any pus or mucus in the sinus cavity gets flushed with a saline solution.
Dr. Burt performs balloon sinuplasty while you are under local and topical anesthetics, not general anesthesia. During the procedure, you feel pressure but not a lot of pain.
You may see some bloody discharge coming from your nose, which is normal after a sinus procedure. Swelling, fatigue, and slight congestion are other normal side effects that heal within five to seven days.
Dr. Burt asks that you not blow your nose for at least 24 hours post surgery. Any work that seriously raises your heart rate should be avoided for a week after the procedure, too. Sleep with your head elevated to relieve drainage. If Dr. Burt prescribes an antibiotic to prevent infection, take the entire course as directed.
Call Dr. Burt’s office or try the online booking agent to schedule a consultation.