Most people experience problems with their sinuses at some point in their lives. From colds to allergies or other respiratory infections, sinus problems are a minor nuisance for most people. However, some people suffer from chronic sinus problems and may need balloon sinuplasty in Fredericksburg, VA, or Stafford, VA, to get relief. Contact our team at the Ear, Nose and Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center to see if you’re a candidate for this minimally invasive procedure.
What Is Balloon Sinuplasty?
A balloon sinuplasty in Fredericksburg, VA or Stafford, VA unblocks sinus passageways using a tiny balloon that's inserted through the nostrils. Under general anesthetic, doctors perform the procedure by guiding a small wire equipped with the balloon through the nasal passageways.
Once inserted, doctors inflate the balloon to open the passageways. Once the passageways become fully open, doctors will deflate the balloon and withdraw it from the sinus passageway. After the procedure, a patient's nasal passageways will start to drain and function normally.
Balloon Sinuplasty Benefits
Any surgical procedure under general anesthetic poses some risks. However, a balloon sinuplasty is a safe and effective way to restore proper sinus function. Additionally, doctors don't need to cut tissue or make any incisions to insert the balloon. So, the procedure results in less pain, bruising, swelling and bleeding. Recovery times are also far less than those of patients who've had traditional surgery.
Are You a Good Candidate?
If you suffer chronic sinus problems for more than six months, you may be a good candidate for the procedure. Other symptoms that might make you a good candidate include:
- Chronic nasal mucus discharge or blockage
- Persistent sinus infections (four or more) during a 12-month period
- Frequent pain around the eyes
- Problems breathing through the nose
- Persistent coughing/throat irritation
- Chronic fatigue/sleep disruptions
- Frequent sinus headaches
If you have chronic sinus problems as a result of polyps, you may not be a good candidate for the procedure. Additionally, you may not be suitable for the procedure if you have a deviated septum.
To find out if you're an ideal candidate for a balloon sinuplasty in Fredericksburg, VA or Stafford, VA, schedule your comprehensive evaluation with our team of doctors today at the Ear, Nose and Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center by calling (540) 371-1226.