The sinuses are a series of interconnected cavities in the skull connected to the nasal cavities and lined with fine hairs and mucosal cells (mucus secreting cells). Their function is not yet fully understood although it has been proposed that they humidify and warm the air we breathe in and also trap any dust particles that may be inhaled. Typically, the sinuses are lined with a thin layer of mucus with any excess draining through the meatus (opening) to the nasal cavity. However, this inner lining of the sinuses may become inflamed and swell, blocking off the meatus and causing mucus to accumulate in these cavities. Sinus conditions that may cause this include:
To relieve this condition, the meatus or drainage pathway has to be widened to allow the effective draining of mucus and alleviate symptoms related to this build up. This can be done by using medication but if this is not effective, an in-office balloon sinuplasty procedure may be used.
Balloon sinuplasty or balloon sinus surgery is a fairly recent form of non-invasive sinus surgery that tackles the issue of widening the meatus without needing to use cutting tools to remove bone and tissue in the area. Whereas previously this was the case and the surgeon would cut away bone and tissue resulting in possible complications and longer recovery times, balloon sinuplasty changed this. Balloon sinuplasty follows in the footsteps of balloon angioplasty and is performed in the following way:
The biggest advantage of the procedure is that it is performed as an outpatient procedure and balloon sinuplasty recovery time is quick.
When you come in for your balloon sinuplasty surgery, these are the steps you will take:
The most prevalent side effect is that the procedure may not work as intended and the blockage resumes. Besides this, there are little to no side effects owing to the non-invasive nature of the procedure.
After the procedure, you will need to monitor your sinuses and note how you are feeling. Has your breathing improved? Are you still feeling stuffy? Although the procedure has a relatively high success rate, you will need to come in for a follow up visit so the sinus surgery doctor can examine your sinuses and ascertain the success of the procedure.
To find out more about our In-office Balloon Sinuplasty service, visit L.A. Sinus & Allergy Specialists offices located at 1701 E Cesar Chavez Ave Suite 560, Los Angeles, CA 90033-2425, or book an appointment by calling (323) 226-0022 today.