Balloon Sinuplasty

Balloon Sinuplasty San Antonioballoon-sinuplasty

Balloon Sinuplasty is a sinus surgery that treats patients who suffer from congestion, nasal obstruction, allergies, and recurrent and chronic sinus infections. Patients may benefit from Sinuplasty in San Antonio. This breakthrough procedure relieves pain and pressure associated with chronic sinusitis and congestion.  It is used by surgeons to safely and effectively treat recurrent and chronic sinusitis patients who are not responding well to medications such as antibiotics, nasal steroids, or over‐the‐counter (OTC) medicines.

Balloon Sinuplasty is an FDA‐approved device than is similar to an angioplasty procedure. By inserting a catheter into the sinus, the natural opening or os of the sinus can be dilated or ballooned to open blocked sinuses. Dr. Jose Barrera, MD is a certified Balloon Sinuplasty Surgeon in San Antonio. He offers office based sinus dilation in combination with turbinate reduction, septoplasty, and allergy treatment.

The procedure is less invasive than traditional sinus surgery. It allows most patients to return to normal activities quickly.

 How is Balloon Sinuplasty San Antonio performed?breathe-easy

Under light sedation, a specially‐designed catheter is inserted into the nose to reach the inflamed sinus cavity. A small balloon is slowly inflated, which widens and restructures the walls of the sinus passage, helping to drain mucus from the blocked sinus and restore normal sinus drainage without cutting and with minimal bleeding. This approach also preserves the natural structure of the sinuses.

Published clinical data shows that Balloon Sinuplasty provides symptom relief for the majority of patients:

In the operating room:

  • A multi‐center study of 1,036 patients who had Sinuplasty reported that sinus symptoms improved in 95 percent of patients at an average follow‐up period of 9 months.
  • Another multi‐center study followed 65 patients who had Balloon Sinuplasty and reported clinically and statistically significant improvement in patient symptoms out to two years.

In the office:

  • Ninety‐five percent of patients who have had Sinuplasty say they would have it again.

Balloon Sinuplasty is performed general anesthesia in an outpatient hospital setting; however, some surgeons are choosing to treat certain patients in their office under local anesthesia. The reported complication rate for Sinuplasty is low.

Patients who suffer from chronic sinusitis and are not responding well to medications may benefit from seeing an Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) physician who performs Sinuplasty to determine if the procedure is right for them. Most insurance companies and Medicare provide coverage for San Antonio Sinuplasty.

Balloon Sinuplasty has been used to treat more than 160,000 patients since receiving FDA clearance.

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