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Is balloon sinuplasty useful? Effective? Any risks?

Is balloon sinuplasty useful? Effective? Any risks?

Yes: When done for the right reasons for chronic sinusitis, sinus surgery (balloon or otherwise) is 90-95% effective at reducing symptoms. Recovery time is shorter (1-3 days) with balloon sinuplasty, and I do this procedure in-office with local anesthesia. Risks are low but similar to any sinus procedure: scarring, bleeding, infection, recurrent disease, eye/brain injury, need for further surgery, etc. ...Read more

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What are the risks and the recovery time of balloon sinuplasty?

What are the risks and the recovery time of balloon sinuplasty?

Low and short: When done for the right reasons for chronic sinusitis, sinus surgery (balloon or otherwise) is 90-95% effective at reducing symptoms. Recovery time is shorter (1-3 days) with balloon sinuplasty, and I do this procedure in-office with local anesthesia. Risks are low but similar to any sinus procedure: scarring, bleeding, infection, recurrent disease, eye/brain injury, need for further surgery, etc. ...Read more

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Having sinus issues and looking for information on balloon sinuplasty?

Having sinus issues and looking for information on balloon sinuplasty?

In-Office Balloon: Balloon sinuplasty is a procedure for chronic sinusitis patients who are not responding well to medication. Unlike other surgical procedures used to treat sinusitis, with balloon sinuplasty, the surgeon does not remove bone or tissue from the nasal area. The recovery period is usually only a few days, compared to a few weeks. I perform the procedure in-office with local or twilight anesthesia. ...Read more

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Could sinus balloon sinuplasty surgery hurt?

Could sinus balloon sinuplasty surgery hurt?

Mildly : There is mild discomfort during and after balloon sinuplasty no more than a tooth cleaning or cavity filling at a dentist office. Usually mile soreness in nose for 24 hours but back to normal in 48 hours and a lifetime of relief. Just make sure you see someone who does many of these weekly like myself and is a balloon sinup dilation expert. For more info visit www.socalsinus.com ...Read more

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Can you die from balloon sinuplasty under local anesthesia?

Can you die from balloon sinuplasty under local anesthesia?

Very unlikely: Very unlikely, but possible if you are hypersensitive to one of the components in the local anesthetics, such as epinephrine, esp. If you have un-diagnosed heart problems. ...Read more

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I had balloon sinuplasty a little over a month ago. I was just rubbing my nose and heard crunching like that during the op. Is this cause for concern?

I had balloon sinuplasty a little over a month ago. I was just rubbing my nose and heard crunching like that during the op. Is this cause for concern?

Probably not.: It takes form 6-8 weeks for complete healing. But if you are concerned, you should talk to the surgeon. ...Read more

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Does Maxillary Balloon Sinuplasty cause Voice Change?

Does Maxillary Balloon Sinuplasty cause Voice Change?

Voice change: No. How did you have the procedure done? were you for some reason placed under general endotracheal anesthesia? was your voice very nasal before the procedure? did you have more nasal obstruction removed at the same time such as hypertrophied turbinates, septal deviation or polyps? balloon sinuplasty alone will not effect voice. ...Read more

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Does balloon sinuplasty really work by fracturing the tiny bones in the nose?

Does balloon sinuplasty really work by fracturing the tiny bones in the nose?

Yes: Balloon sinuplasty, in general, does work by gently dilating and fracturing the eggshell-thin bone surrounding the natural sinus openings. Recovery time is shorter (1-3 days) with balloon sinuplasty than with traditional sinus surgery, and I do this procedure in-office with local anesthesia. Risks are very low but similar to any sinus procedure. ...Read more

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What is the difference between endoscopic sinus surgery and a balloon sinuplasty? (for chronic sinusitis)

What is the difference between endoscopic sinus surgery and a balloon sinuplasty?  (for chronic sinusitis)

Sinus Surgery: Balloon sinuplasty - minimally invasive technique, uses a small balloon inflated to widen blocked passages, generally has less bleeding and shorter recovery time. Endoscopic sinus surgery - uses a small camera to visually examined the sinuses. Tiny surgical instruments inserted to remove obstructive tissues, does not require any incision as the whole procedure is performed through the nostrils. ...Read more

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I just had balloon sinuplasty, dr.Collected the mucus and had it tested I have pseudomonas in my sphenoid sinus, will leviquin get rid of this?

Need sensitivity: Pseudomonas is not a common cause of sinusitis. But if the culture is valid, you need a sensitivity test to identify which antibiotic is most appropriate. If your ENT doctor has sent the mucus to the laboratory for bacterial culture, the lab will routinely identify the correct antibiotics in vitro that will kill the bacteria. Ask your surgeon. ...Read more

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