Balloon Sinuplasty

Traditionally, sinuplasty was an in-patient procedure with extensive recovery time.  Innovation in medical technology has allowed a less invasion procedure—balloon sinuplasty. Balloon Sinuplasty is  a virtually pain-free, out-patient procedure with some patient testimonials stating that recovery time takes less than 12 hours.

Previously, sinuplasty meant going under the knife, an extensive  recovery period and pain. Traditionally the sinuses were accessed through the skin on your face or the inside of your mouth.  The physician would make an incision and then remove the tissue that was preventing the sinuses from draining.  In some cases, the incision would temporarily be left open to help drain the infection.  The recovery consisted of painful packing in the nose (possibly several times a day) to absorb the drainage. After surgery, patient needed to avoid blowing his or her nose, high intensity exercise or even bending forward.  There was even the risk of complications like heavy bleeding, fluid leaking from the brain or spinal cord and inflammation.

While traditional surgery was effective at treating conditions like sinusitis, the invention of Balloon Sinuplasty provides a solutions that is just as reliable with the added benefits of a fast recovery and fewer risks.  As an out-patient procedure, Balloon Sinuplasty uses a local anesthesia as opposed to general anesthesia. The use of local anesthesia takes another risk factor off the table for the some patients.

The procedure is simple.  Dr. David Congdon, a specialist in Balloon Sinuplasty, will open inflamed sinuses similar to how heart surgeons open blocked arteries.  A small medical instrument in inserted into the problem sinus area, the balloon expands opening the sinus to allow for better drainage.  Recovery time is usually less than a day with minimal bruising.

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