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Birmingham, AL | ENT Specialists
Balloon Sinuplasty
ExcelENT of Alabama
Minimally Invasive Procedure for Lasting Sinus Relief

Balloon Sinuplasty: Chronic Sinusitis Treatment in Birmingham, AL

When chronic sinus pain persists despite standard treatment options like antibiotics, advanced sinus treatments such as Balloon Sinuplasty can provide a solution. At ExcelENT, we offer a comprehensive evaluation to determine the most suitable treatment options for your condition.

Balloon Sinuplasty is a groundbreaking treatment for chronic, recurrent sinusitis performed in the comfort of our ExcelENT office. Administered under local anesthesia, a small catheter with a balloon is inserted into the sinus opening. The balloon is gently inflated, opening up blocked sinuses and allowing for drainage, providing immediate relief from pain. Balloon Sinuplasty is generally painless, and most patients can resume their regular activities the next day, experiencing significant improvement in their sinus symptoms.

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What to Expect During Balloon Sinuplasty

During the Balloon Sinuplasty procedure, you can expect the following:

  • Anesthesia: Before the procedure, you will receive local anesthesia to numb the area being treated. This measure will help ensure your comfort during the process.
  • Catheter Insertion: Your surgeon will carefully insert a small catheter with a balloon into the blocked sinus opening. The catheter is guided to the targeted area using endoscopic visualization techniques.
  • Balloon Inflation: Once the catheter is in place, the balloon is gently inflated to expand the sinus opening. This step allows for the restoration of proper sinus drainage and improved airflow.
  • Balloon Deflation and Removal: After a brief period, the balloon is deflated and removed from the sinus passage, leaving the newly opened sinus cavity.
  • Same-Day Procedure: Balloon Sinuplasty is typically performed as an outpatient procedure, allowing you to return home on the same day. Most patients experience minimal discomfort and can resume their normal activities within a short time.

It’s important to consult with your doctor before the procedure to get detailed instructions for your case and any post-operative care requirements. At ExcelENT, our ENT experts will guide you through the process and ensure a smooth experience.

Signs You Need Balloon Sinuplasty

  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Constant nasal congestion
  • Facial pain and pressure
  • Reduced sense of smell and taste
  • Persistent sinus infections
Frequently Asked Questions

Balloon Sinuplasty FAQs

Balloon dilation has been proven to last at least one to two years in most patients, comparable to or even better than traditional endoscopic sinus surgery. Clinical trials support its efficacy as a long-term solution, offering the potential for long-lasting or even permanent relief from sinus symptoms.

While any nasal procedure can result in pain, nosebleeds, or anesthesia-related side effects, major complications from Balloon Sinuplasty are extremely rare. The delicate composition of the sinuses’ surrounding bones minimizes the risk of serious injury. However, our experienced team takes every precaution to ensure patient safety.

Although Balloon Sinuplasty has been proven effective, some insurance companies may classify it as experimental and not cover the procedure. If insurance coverage is unavailable, we work closely with our patients to establish flexible payment options to make this advanced treatment accessible.

To schedule an appointment with one of our Birmingham ENT specialists, call us at (205) 988-6858, or send us an appointment request.

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