Balloon Sinuplasty

What is Balloon Sinuplasty?

Balloon Sinuplasty (BSP) is a procedure, both safe and effective, for sinusitis sufferers who aren’t seeing results from medications and have had a prolonged sinus infection for more than 12 weeks or have at least 4 sinus infections every year. Relief from uncomfortable sinusitis symptoms is the attainable goal of this procedure. With Balloon Sinuplasty, our ENT specialists in Alexandria open inflamed sinuses much like heart surgeons liberate arteries during a balloon angioplasty procedure.It is a less invasive procedure than traditional sinus surgery, and effective at relieving symptoms of chronic sinusitis.

Balloon Sinuplasty grants most patients the ability to return to normal activity quickly. Unlike conventional sinus surgery, this groundbreaking procedure does not employ cutting to remove bone or tissue from the nose.

Benefits of Sinuplasty

The benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty include:

Safe: Balloon Sinuplasty has been used to safely treat more than 375,000 patients since 2005.

Proven Effective: Most chronic sinusitis patients report clinically meaningful improvement in sinus symptoms and quality of life through 2 years following surgery.

Fast Recovery: Recovery time on average, meaning returning to normal activity, was no more than two days in most patients (although recovery time can vary between patients).

Balloon Sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that is available to be performed in our Alexandria office by one of our ENT specialists. More than 35,000 procedures have been safely completed in the office.

The Procedure

Sinuplasty Procedure Step 1

Step 1:

A soft, flexible guidewire is inserted into the blocked sinus

Sinuplasty Procedure Step 2

Step 2:

The balloon is advanced over the guidewire and is inflated to gently expand the sinus opening.

Sinuplasty Procedure Step 3

Step 3:

Fluid is sprayed into the inflamed sinus to flush out any pus or mucus.

Sinuplasty Procedure Step 4

Step 4:

The balloon is removed, leaving the sinuses open.

Balloon Sinuplasty in Alexandria, LA

If you have received a chronic sinusitis diagnosis and are not responding well to medications, Balloon Sinuplasty may be your best option.

The procedure utilizes small balloons inserted into strategic places in the nose and sinus, which are subsequently inflated to expand sinus pathways. It has the potential to be a enduring option for relief to patients whose symptoms do not resolve with medication.

Our Alexandria ENT specialists use this minimally invasive procedure for their sinusitis patients. Clinically proven as both safe and effective, Balloon Sinuplasty is a procedure that can greatly improve the life and symptoms of a sinus sufferer.

Our Alexandria Ear Nose and Throat specialists, Dr. Paul Guillory, Dr. Christian Wold, and Dr. Renick Webb specialize in Balloon Sinuplasty for the treatment of Sinusitis. (Sinusitis is the name given to the inflammation of the sinuses.) Common sinusitis symptoms include nasal congestion, facial discomfort, nasal discharge, headache, and fatigue. If your symptoms match some or all of these, make an appointment at Red River ENT Associates in Alexandria, LA by calling 318-321-5800.

What are the Advantages of Having the Procedure In-Office?

Local Anesthesia: Balloon Sinuplasty In-Office is an option for patients who decline or are ineligible for general anesthesia.

Comfortable Surroundings: Experience the procedure in the comfort of your physician’s office rather than a hospital operating room.

High Patient Satisfaction: The majority of patients who had Balloon Sinuplasty In-Office would recommend the procedure to family and friends.

Potential for Significant Cost Savings: Some eligible patients may have lower out-of-pocket costs if the procedure is performed in a lower cost of care setting, such as a physician office.