If you continue to suffer from sinus pressure and pain, nasal congestion, nasal drainage, or a decreased sense of smell despite extensive medical therapy, you may benefit from a procedure to open blocked passageways to your sinuses. The first step is to schedule an appointment with our ENT surgeon for a review of your history and an exam of your nasal passageways to evaluate for signs of sinus obstruction or inflammation. Additional testing (usually a CT scan of the sinuses) and medical treatments may be required as part of your complete evaluation. If it is determined that you are a candidate for a sinus procedure, we are pleased to offer several different procedures that will be customized to your specific exam findings and your preference of having a procedure performed with you awake with local anesthesia in the office or asleep under general anesthesia in the operating room.
Sinus Procedures at National Allergy & ENT:
- The Balloon Sinus Procedure
- Inferior Turbinate Reduction
- Minimally-Invasive Sinus Surgery
- Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
The Balloon Sinus Procedure
The Balloon Sinus Procedure is an advanced surgical procedure used to treat sinusitis and other related problems through minimally invasive techniques. This procedure is usually performed in the office while you are awake but comfortably sedated, and involves inserting a thin endoscope into the nose without disrupting the surrounding bone and tissue. A small balloon is then gently inflated to widen blocked passageways and allow for proper drainage of the sinuses. You can benefit from less bleeding and shorter recovery times with balloon technology.
Unlike traditional sinus surgery, the Balloon Sinus Procedure does not require the removal the bone or tissue from sinus drainage pathways. Its objective is to reshape your anatomy to expand sinus pathways and restore drainage. It has proven to be an effective, lasting option for some patients whose symptoms do not resolve with medication.