What to Expect After Balloon Sinuplasty

By Jeffrey L. Cutler, M.D. on November 3, 2023 under Balloon Sinuplasty

What to Expect After Balloon Sinuplasty

Are you considering balloon sinuplasty? If so, you are probably wondering what to expect following the procedure. Read on to learn more about what exactly a balloon sinuplasty procedure entails, and what to expect following the procedure.

What to Expect When Visiting Us for Balloon Sinuplasty

Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive treatment option for mild to moderate sinus issues or sinusitis. For some patients, this is a great treatment option in place of endoscopic sinus surgery. The goal of this procedure is to improve ventilation and drainage and create more space to calm the lining of the sinuses.

Patients who visit our ENT specialists for sinus concerns will normally be evaluated for sinus issues and screened using an endoscope to look at the internal anatomy. A CT of the sinuses may then be done. If balloon sinuplasty is found to be appropriate, our scheduling team will schedule your procedure.

To begin the procedure, your physician will use a topical spray to numb the nose followed by cotton strips with numbing medication and an injection to further numb the treatment area. State-of-the-art surgical navigation is available to help ensure optimal results. The balloon sinuplasty process itself may only take 10 minutes depending on how many sinuses are being dilated. Some pressure is felt when the balloon is inflated. This entire process from start to finish should only take 30 minutes to complete.

How Long Does It Take to Recover from Balloon Sinuplasty?

Balloon sinuplasty is an outpatient procedure that can be performed under local anesthesia. This is a crucial benefit, as it allows patients to avoid a general anesthetic and the issues that are associated with general anesthesia from a recovery standpoint. However, a designated driver is still required for the trip back home.

As for recovery, patients should rest at home for 24 hours after this procedure. Your healthcare provider will give you specific recovery instructions.

Best Practices for Balloon Sinuplasty Aftercare

Your doctor will have simple suggestions for how to care for your nose and nasal passageways. We advise our patients to rest for 12-24 hours to give your body time to recover. Be sure to rinse with the nasal spray provided by your doctor and resist blowing your nose for at least 24 hours. Also, be sure to take your medication as directed by your provider.

Are there Frequently Reported Complications Following Balloon Sinuplasty?

There are few complications associated with balloon sinuplasty. However, some minor inconveniences may occur such as headaches nasal congestion, or mild facial pressure. Elevating your head can help alleviate congestion. Post-procedure bleeding may occur, though this should stop the day following your procedure. If you experience prolonged bleeding, please reach out to your doctor. Complete recovery can be expected to be reached after 6-8 weeks.

How Long After Surgery Can I Exercise?

Most people can return to work following one day of rest. After 24 hours, light exercise such as walking is encouraged. However, it is recommended that patients wait one week before strenuous activity or exercise.

Schedule a Consultation

For more information regarding balloon sinuplasty surgery, please contact AOO|ENT Specialist of the Rockies. We are proud to offer three convenient locations in Lone Tree, Castle Rock, and Denver. Our physicians are dedicated to providing top-notch care to patients in the Lone Tree, Highlands Ranch, Parker, and Castle Pines areas.