Patients who need balloon sinuplasty, can make no better choice than Dr. Gordon Siegel at Midwest ENT in Chicago, IL. Dr. Siegel is an experienced and board-certified physician, and together with our dedicated team of professionals, he offers complete ear, nose, and throat (ENT) care.
Defining Balloon Sinuplasty
Balloon sinuplasty is a procedure that provides relief for patients suffering from chronic sinusitis. This procedure derives its name from the small balloon used to open the sinuses, inserted through the nose, the helps restore normal sinus function. Once the sinuses have been opened, the balloon is deflated and removed.
Who Is a Candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty?
Balloon sinuplasty is not suitable for everyone. This is why Dr. Siegel at Midwest ENT, providing balloon sinuplasty to Chicago, IL patients, will assess you to determine whether you are suffering from:
- Recurring sinusitis that doesn’t clear up with medication.
- Headaches due to sinus inflammation around the eyes
- Bad breath and/or a poor taste in your mouth
- Long-term difficulty breathing through your nose.
What to Expect During a Balloon Sinuplasty Procedure
A balloon sinuplasty procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia in an outpatient environment. This means that you should not eat or drink anything for at least 12 hours before the surgery.
You will be checked in once you arrive for your procedure, and a quick health check will be performed. When it is your turn, you will be taken to the procedure room, where you will be sedated. After you are asleep, Dr. Siegel will insert a tiny balloon using a catheter through your nose to dilate the sinuses. Once they are open, Dr. Siegel will remove the balloon, and you will be taken to the recovery room.
When you are properly awake and aware, you will be released to go home. Balloon sinuplasty is not a painful procedure, and you should not experience more than mild discomfort and some discolored nasal drainage afterward. This can be treated with prescribed or over-the-counter medication and saline spray.
Benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty
The main benefit of balloon sinuplasty is that the sinuses are open and function correctly. It is a permanent procedure, so it only needs to be done once.
Additionally, it is a minimally invasive procedure: nothing is removed from your body, and it is considered very safe. Finally, recovery time is minimal and does not require extended time away.
If you need ENT care or want to know more about balloon sinuplasty, your first choice should be Dr. Siegel and his team at Midwest ENT in Chicago, IL. Call us today at (312) 988-7777 for an appointment.