Relieve Sinus Pain with Sinusitis Santa Monica
For clients suffering with extreme rhinosinusitis or extreme inflammation of the sinuses, along with blockage in the nasal cavity, balloon sinuplasty offers a minimally invasive way to alleviate these issues. Approved by the FDA in 2005, the balloon sinuplasty procedure Santa Monica is a form of nasal surgery that is minimally invasive. The large nasal sinuses are drained using small balloon catheters and is very effective in reducing rhinosinusitis systems. Unlike other treatments, the balloon sinuplasty is an outpatient procedure, does not involve cutting, loss of nasal tissue or loss of nasal bone, resulting in a shorter recovery time.
Who is a Great Candidate?
Our patients who have not responded well to nasal decongestants, nasal rinses, antibiotics or nasal/oral corticosteroids are great candidates for this sinusitis treatment Santa Monica. Individuals who have conditions that cause inflammation of the sinus membranes, which prevents drainage and causes a build-up of mucus, pus and discharge, are great candidates for this procedure because all of this leads to congestion, which over time can lead to headaches, jaw aches, insomnia and other nasal issues.
What Should You Expect?
The balloon sinuplasty procedure typically takes about an hour to perform and should be performed by an ENT (ear, nose and throat) doctor. This procedure allows us to widen the blocked nasal passages with a balloon, flushing out or removing the congestion. Under general anesthesia, we perform balloon sinuplasty by expanding the openings of a patient’s nasal passages. This is done by putting an endoscope into the nasal passages. This scope is a small, plastic tube that has a light and a camera on the end. Once we reach the entrance of the cavity, a small balloon catheter will be inserted over the endoscope wire. This catheter will be slowly inflated, forcing pressure against the sinus walls to cause a slight fracture in the bone and creates an opening. Once the balloon reaches full inflation, we irrigate the cavities with a saline rinse. After all the material and debris are flushed, we remove the balloon and leave the sinus to drain on its own. Some patients have reported feeling sinus pressure or numbness during surgery but not noticeable pain.
What Are the Results?
In a 2015 study including 15 adults who underwent balloon sinuplasty, all reported an improvement of symptoms in three to six months following the surgery. These individuals reported more open and clear passages after surgery without any side effects. Since the procedure is minimally invasive, the healthy nasal tissue, mucous membranes and sinus cavity structure are preserved. In a different study from 2017, which included 30 children, there were positive results in 94 percent of the chronic sinusitis sufferers. The results lasted for up to one year post surgery.
Is This a Safe Procedure?
Unlike more invasive procedures that result in the removal of bones or membranes, the balloon sinuplasty is considered a safer route to success. It was first introduced in the mid-2000s and has become a common procedure to help sufferers find relief.
What Are the Benefits?
When compared to traditional sinus surgeries, the balloon sinuplasty has a lower risk of bleeding, a faster recovery time, no intentional damage or removal of bone, structure or sinus tissue and less post-operative visits. It also requires less general anesthesia, which results in less adverse reactions, along with reduced medications needed following surgery, less post-op infections and scarring or damage.
What Are the Side Effects?
There are a few minor side effects for this procedure, which include a few days of blood drainage, tenderness, minor swelling and congestion, infection if the area is not properly cleansed after surgery, and the rare cases that reported damage to the structure that separates the sinuses from the brain. In rare cases, balloon sinuplasty has altered an individual’s sense of smell or the outward appearance of the nose.
Is This Covered by Insurance?
While some medical insurance providers consider the balloon sinuplasty an elective procedure, the AAO-HNS has requested that all insurance providers consider this procedure a standard cover service. However, the number of insurance companies and providers that cover this procedure has continued to increase over time.
What Are the Out-Of-Pocket Costs?
Out-of-pocket costs depend on an individual’s insurance and severity of symptoms. Overall, the costs start around $2,000 and can go upwards of $7,000.
What Should I Expect for Recovery Time?
This procedure is typically out-patient and in most cases, the patient can leave after a couple hours. Typically, regular activities should not resume for 24 to 48 hours. The procedure can cause you to be tired and groggy with congestion and bloody drainage for a week after surgery.