Balloon Sinuplasty

Sinuses can cause irritating nasal discharge, congestion, headaches, coughing, and a great deal of discomfort. If you are experiencing troublesome sinuses that are affecting your day, you may benefit from the minimally invasive Balloon Sinuplasty procedure.

What is a Balloon Sinuplasty?

Balloon Sinuplasty widens the sinus tissues to reduce your complications with sinuses and improve your breathing. It does not require alteration of the bone or tissues within your nose and is less invasive than other common cures to sinus problems.

How is a Balloon Sinuplasty Done?

A balloon sinuplasty can be done right here in our AOO/ENT specialists of the Rockies office. In most cases, it does not require anesthesia. During the procedure, our team will insert a catheter into your nostril to the sinus opening of your nose. A guide wire will then be inserted followed by a balloon catheter to the opening of your sinus blockage. The balloon will then inflate to open up your nasal passages to allow the mucus to drain. Once drained and the balloon has deflated, the wire and catheter will be removed. The procedure should take approximately an hour to complete.

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Balloon Sinuplasty Recovery

As Balloon Sinuplasty procedures vary in complexity, recovery will vary patient to patient. For minor surgeries, you may need three to four days off of work and may experience some drainage within the first few days. This will resolve within a few days. Patients undergoing a Septoplasty or who experienced large amounts of inflammation during surgery usually require one week off work and can return to work once packing is removed in the follow-up appointment. Drainage with blood may continue for a few weeks prior to the removal of the packing.

If you are looking for a solution to your sinus problems, we can help. Schedule your consultation with the AOO/ENT specialists of the Rockies in Denver or Lone Tree, Colorado today.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can balloon sinuplasty be repeated?

Generally, balloon sinuplasty is only performed once. However, in rare cases, it can be repeated to stretch scarring of the sinus tissue caused by prior sinus surgery.

Can balloon sinuplasty fix a deviated septum?

A balloon sinuplasty can help ease symptoms related to a deviated septum but cannot permanently correct or straighten a deviated septum on its own.

Does balloon sinuplasty change your voice?

While there is a slight chance that sinus surgery can change your voice, there is an exceptionally low likelihood of this occurring with balloon sinuplasty.

Is Balloon Sinuplasty painful?

The balloon sinuplasty can be performed using a local anesthetic, but it's common to feel some pressure during the procedure. Afterward, any discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.

What are the risks of balloon sinuplasty?

Common side effects of a balloon sinuplasty include swollen nasal cavities, bloody drainage, temporary appearance alteration, and congestion. Rarer, but still possible, risks include sinus separation, internal bleeding, anesthesia reactions, tissue damage, and optical damage.

How do I prepare for Balloon Sinuplasty?

You will receive specific instructions from your surgeon regarding how to prepare for your balloon sinuplasty procedure. You will need to arrange for a ride to and from the procedure as an anesthetic will be used.

How long does it take to heal from balloon sinuplasty?

Following balloon sinuplasty, full healing may take up to a month and a half. Mild swelling may occur for a few weeks following the procedure, though most patients can return to normal activities fairly quickly.

Is Balloon Sinuplasty permanent?

Although the balloon sinuplasty is not necessarily permanent, it takes a long-term approach to treatment. Most patients need only one treatment session for relief from sinusitis.

Who is a good candidate for balloon sinuplasty?

Candidates for balloon sinuplasty are those with limited sinus disease, who experience recurring sinus infections, or who are experiencing scarring in the nasal cavities due to traditional sinus surgery. It may also be used alongside more traditional techniques as a hybrid procedure. At AOO | ENT Specialist of the Rockies, the majority of our balloon sinuplasty procedures are performed in-office, avoiding the need for general anesthetic for a quicker recovery.

How long does congestion last after sinus surgery?

Patients can expect mild congestion for up to one week following balloon sinus surgery. Nasal steroid sprays can be used during this time to alleviate this symptom.

What happens after balloon sinuplasty?

After a balloon sinuplasty procedure, you may experience some mild discomfort and tenderness in the nasal and nose area. Drainage from the nose, which can sometimes be bloody, is also common.

Does balloon sinuplasty break bones?

No. This method is associated with a traditional sinuplasty and is no longer necessary with the balloon sinuplasty technique. The balloon sinuplasty allows for drainage and rinsing of the sinuses without any damage to the surrounding tissues.


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Jeffrey L. Cutler, M.D.
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Dr. Jeffrey Cutler is board-certified with the American Board of Otolaryngology and received his medical degree at Tulane University Medical School in New Orleans. He performed his residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. In addition, he completed a 1 year fellowship in nasal and endoscopic sinus surgery.  His area of expertise includes the medical and surgical treatment of complicated sinus and skull base diseases.  Dr. Cutler has published many articles on office based nasal and sinus procedures - particularly on balloon sinus and Eustachian tube dilation  When not at the office, he enjoys spending time outdoors with his family, skiing and cycling.

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