Balloon sinuplasty is a chronic sinusitis treatment that has proven especially effective for men and women who have not found relief through medications and other nonsurgical options. However, while surgical, this in-office procedure does not require any cutting of tissue or manipulation of bone, making it much less invasive than traditional sinus surgery.
What is Balloon Sinuplasty?
Balloon sinuplasty is one of the only procedures offered by board-certified Houston ENT surgeon Dr. Michael Eisemann that can be covered by insurance. During your initial balloon sinus surgery consultation, we will discuss payment options, including insurance billing, to help you better plan for your sinusitis treatment.
If you are looking for a chronic sinusitis infection treatment in Houston or surrounding areas of Texas, please contact the Eisemann Plastic Surgery Center online or by calling (713) 790-1771 to schedule a balloon sinuplasty consultation today.
- What is Sinusitis?
- How is Balloon Sinuplasty Performed?
- What is Recovery from Balloon Sinus Surgery Like?
- How Much Does Balloon Sinuplasty Cost?
- Am I a Good Candidate for Chronic Sinus Infection Treatment?
- Contact Dr. Eisemann for a Treatment Consultation
What is Chronic Sinusitis?
Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinus lining caused by bacterial, viral, or microbial infection. Often simply called a sinus infection, acute sinusitis may respond very well to antibiotics along with at-home treatments such as flushing the nostrils with a saline rinse, applying moist heat to the face, using a humidifier, and diffusing sinus-clearing oils. Acute sinusitis typically lasts less than a month and around 75% of these cases go away on their own, even without the use of antibiotics.
Chronic sinusitis is a different issue entirely. With this type of congestion, long courses of antibiotics are often needed in addition to at-home treatments. Untreated, chronic sinus infection can lead to serious complications including infection of facial bone, making surgical intervention necessary when antibiotics fail to produce results. If you suspect you may have sinusitis, click the image below to be taken to the Sino-Nasal Outcome Test.
Symptoms of chronic sinusitis may include:
- Sinus pressure or congestion
- Sinus headaches
- Facial pain
- Tinnitus (ear ringing, buzzing, or humming)
- Colored mucus discharge
- Chronic sneezing and coughing
When these symptoms of nasal infection fail to respond to medicine or at-home treatments within a month, it is time to consider other options. Chief among them for men and women who struggle with chronic sinus problems is surgical intervention.
Balloon Sinuplasty vs Traditional Sinus Surgery
Traditional sinus surgery requires a cutting of tissue and bone and may necessitate a lengthy recovery period. Balloon sinuplasty is performed in our Houston office and requires no incisions allowing for a much shorter recovery period. What’s more, because there is no cutting, there are minimal risks involved with balloon sinus surgery and most patients are able to resume normal activities within one to two days. During your chronic sinus infection treatment consultation, Dr. Eisemann will discuss both risks and recovery to ensure you are prepared for your sinusitis surgery.
How is Balloon Sinuplasty Performed?
To perform balloon sinuplasty, Houston nose surgeon Dr. Michael Eisemann will place a tiny balloon directly into the blocked sinus and slowly inflate it to its optimal size. This balloon is made of a strong and lasting plastic that works to restructure the sinuses, allowing for proper drainage of mucus.
Non-latex and hypoallergenic, the balloons used in this type of sinus surgery have shown to be highly effective at restoring natural drainage of the nasal cavities with just one treatment. Additional treatments may be necessary, though this is entirely dependent on your anatomical structure, the extent of your infection, and other individual considerations. Dr. Eisemann will be able to give you a better idea of how long your balloon sinus surgery will continue to produce results during your initial examination.
As the balloon is inflated inside of your nostrils, the walls of the sinuses become compacted and the nasal passages widen. Once the proper width has been accomplished, the sinuses are flushed with a saline solution to help ensure complete drainage. Flushing at home with a neti pot or saline nose spray can help prevent a reoccurrence of infection and can be started the same day as your surgery. Instructions for home care following your sinus infection surgery will be provided to make sure you have all of the information you need to maintain optimal sinus comfort.
Balloon Sinus Surgery Recovery and Results
There are no incisions made during balloon sinuplasty, which offers a number of benefits. Among these are:
- No need for general anesthesia
- No risks of serious bleeding or incision infection
- No sutures or scars
- No need for gauze packing or nasal bandages
- Minimal swelling
- No need for a lengthy recovery period
Because the procedure is performed in-office and without incisions, local anesthesia is all that will be needed to guarantee comfort during the procedure. This eliminates all of the risks that come with heavy, general anesthesia and sets the pace for a faster recovery.
Most people are able to resume all normal activities within 48 hours of their balloon sinus surgery. Some blood drainage and minimal swelling may be present during the recovery period. Discomfort, however, is typically both minor and fleeting, and can easily be addressed with over-the-counter pain medications. Our triple board-certified ENT doctor can discuss this with you in greater detail during your sinus surgery consultation and provide you with information on dealing with all potential postoperative issues.
Results from balloon sinuplasty are often immediate, though postoperative swelling and discharge may delay full benefits by two to three days. However, once recovery is complete, your blocked sinuses will be a thing of the past and clear, unobstructed breathing will once again be the norm. For many people, a single treatment is all that is needed to keep sinus passages open and breathing smooth. Future sinus infections may, however, necessitate additional treatments. This can be discussed with you in full before your chronic sinusitis treatment begins.
Balloon Sinuplasty Cost
The cost of balloon sinus surgery is dependent on a number of factors, including how much of the procedure is covered by your insurance. We will work with your insurance provider to cover as much of the cost as possible and discuss our range of financing options to provide you with the resources needed to cover any additional fees.
Balloon sinus surgery is much less expensive than traditional sinusitis treatment because it does not require general anesthesia or an over-night hospital stay, making it a more cost-effective option for many people who suffer from chronic sinus infection. We do not believe that cost should be a deterrent to unobstructed breathing and will do what we can to ensure the cost of balloon sinuplasty does not interfere with your ability to treat your chronic sinus infection.
Balloon Sinus Surgery Candidates
You may be the ideal candidate for balloon sinuplasty if you have had a sinus infection for longer than one month and cannot find relief through antibiotics. The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for this treatment is through a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Eisemann, a triple board-certified plastic surgeon serving Houston, Katy, Sugar Land, and all surrounding areas of Texas.
Dr. Eisemann is a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons, board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and has been selected as one of the “Top Doctors” in Harris County and Bayou City by Inside Houston magazine. Our in-office surgical suite, where all balloon sinuplasty procedures are performed, is accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities and designed to ensure your comfort and safety at all times. During your initial consultation, Dr. Eisemann will carefully review your candidacy for balloon sinus surgery, discuss all of your options, and help you decide if the procedure is ideally suited to meet your needs.
Contact our Board-Certified ENT Doctor
To schedule your initial consultation with our board-certified Houston ENT surgeon, please call (713) 790-1771 today. Located in Houston, Dr. Eisemann serves The Woodlands, Conroe, Sugar Land, Katy, and all areas of Texas.