Balloon Sinuplasty Q&A

What is Sinusitis?

Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinus lining that result when the sinus opening (ostia) becomes swollen shut, preventing normal mucus drainage which leads to infection and inflammation of the sinuses.

What is the Balloon Sinuplasty?

Balloon sinuplasty is an safe and effective alternative to traditional sinus surgery.  It is approved by the FDA for use in endoscopic sinus surgery by specialized ENT surgeons to perform minimally invasive sinus surgery.

The balloon sinuplasty system is based on a catheter and balloon dilation device that is used to gradually inflated and gently restructure the blocked sinus opening (ostia), promoting normal sinus drainage while minimizing injury to the sinus and nasal mucosa.

How do sinus openings stay open after surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty?

Balloon sinuplasty technology dilates sinus openings by pushing aside bones which comprise the sinus ostium.   This dilation creates outward fractures of these bony channels which are maintained as the bone heals.

Are the Balloon Sinuplasty devices safe?

The balloon sinuplasty is minimally invasive and has been clinically demonstrated to be safe when used by certified ENT surgeons.  Unlike other surgical methods used to clear blocked sinus openings, balloon sinuplasty technology does not remove any bone and can be safely done in the office setting allowing most patients to return to normal activities within 24 hours.

What are the risks of surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty technology?

Since there is no removal of bone or tissue with balloon sinuplasty surgery, the surgical risks are significantly reduced when compared to traditional sinus surgery.

How long does surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty technology take?

The duration of the procedure varies by individual situations.  However, most in-office balloon sinuplasty surgery can be performed in 60-90 minutes under local or twilight anesthesia.

How long does it take to recover from a typical surgery using the Balloon Sinuplasty system?

Because the system is minimally invasive it is typically used in an outpatient setting.  While recovery time will vary from patient to patient, many people can return to normal activities within 24 hours after surgery.

Does Balloon Sinuplasty surgery limit my future treatment options?

No. 

Are Balloon Sinuplasty devices right for me?

If you suffer from sinusitis and medication has not been effective in relieving your symptoms, you may be a candidate for surgery using the balloon sinuplasty devices.

Who uses Balloon Sinuplasty devices?

Dr Andy Chung is an expert in balloon sinuplasty and has been performing this surgery since 2007.

Are Balloon Sinuplasty devices covered by Medicare?

Yes.

Are Balloon Sinuplasty devices covered by other insurance carriers?

Most insurance companies cover sinus surgery with balloon sinuplasty devices.  My office can verify your insurance coverage prior to scheduling your surgery.