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Balloon Sinuplasty in Tampa and Spring Hill, FL

When medications do not reduce your sinus symptoms, you may be ready to give up hope. But if you suffer from chronic sinusitis, Suncoast ENT Surgical Specialists can help! Our balloon sinuplasty procedure is proven effective for patients in Tampa, Spring Hill and surrounding areas of Florida who experience little to no relief with medications.

What is Balloon Sinuplasty?

Balloon Sinuplasty is a procedure considered safe and effective for patients with sinusitis who are not responsive to medication and have either suffered from a sinus infection for over 12 weeks or experience four or more infections of the sinuses yearly. Balloon Sinuplasty provides relief from stubborn and painful symptoms of sinusitis.

Suncoast ENTs are able to use Balloon Sinuplasty to open up blocked sinuses similar to how heart surgeons use Balloon Angioplasty to open clogged arteries. The technique is minimally-invasive compared to conventional sinus surgery. It effectively relieves chronic sinusitis symptoms. The procedure also allows you to resume normal schedules fairly quickly. The innovative procedure differs from traditional sinus surgery in that no tissue or bone cutting is required inside the nose.

Balloon Sinuplasty Benefits

  • Safe and effective: Balloon Sinuplasty has a very low rate of complications.
  • Minimally invasive: The technique involves the use of soft, small, flexible devices that go into the nostrils to gently open blocked sinuses without the need to cut tissue or bone.
  • Improved recovery time: Because Balloon Sinuplasty does not normally involve cutting tissue or bone, recovery time is short, and most patients resume a normal schedule within 24 hours of their procedure.
  • Reduced bleeding: Tissue or bone removal is not needed in most cases; so little bleeding is involved.
  • Less need for pain medication: Because most patients feel little pain after their procedure, they require less pain medication.

What is Chronic Sinusitis?

Sinusitis occurs when sinus cavities grow inflamed, and sinus drainage becomes blocked, resulting in the buildup of mucus.

The condition can lead to:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Diminished sense of taste and smell
  • Facial pain and pressure
  • Thick, green or yellow nasal discharge down the back of the throat or from the nose

The condition is normally diagnosed as chronic sinusitis when its symptoms linger for longer than 12 weeks.

Chronic sinusitis can significantly lower the quality of life of the sufferer. Besides the above symptoms, many of those with chronic sinusitis experience frequent headaches, bad breath, tooth pain, fatigue, irritability, or nausea.

Why is Chronic Sinusitis treated with Balloon Sinuplasty?

At the time that sinusitis is first diagnosed, the initial course of treatment is normally medications such as oral steroids, antibiotics, and nasal sprays. Unfortunately, only around 60% of chronic sinusitis patients are able to successfully alleviate their symptoms with these medications. However, Balloon Sinuplasty has a 95% success rate and has been found to provide more effective and longer-lasting relief to those with chronic sinusitis.

How is Balloon Sinuplasty performed?

A special type of catheter is put inside the nose to move into the area of the inflamed sinus cavity. The balloon is then inflated to restructure and widen the sinus passage walls. No cutting is involved; so little bleeding takes place. The procedure helps drain the blocked sinuses of the mucus. Next, the balloon is removed, resulting in open sinuses. The procedure maintains the natural structure of the sinuses and leaves them open.

Would I make a good candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty?

Chronic sinusitis symptoms can mimic those of colds and seasonal allergies. Suncoast ENT Surgical Specialists can diagnose chronic sinusitis if you have continual sinus infections or are not responding well to treatment. Our skilled physicians are trained in the latest procedures, such as Balloon Sinuplasty, and can help you decide the course of treatment that is right for your individual needs.

Balloon Sinuplasty vs. Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

Instruments used

Balloon Sinuplasty: Balloon Catheter System and Camera Endoscopes

Endoscopic Sinus Surgery: Forceps, Curettes, Biting Type Instruments and Camera Endoscopes

Method of “Opening” Up the Sinus Cavities

Balloon Sinuplasty: Balloon Inflation

Endoscopic Sinus Surgery: Tissue and Bone Removal

Best Patient

Balloon Sinuplasty: Sinus disease (no masses) involving the frontal and sphenoid sinus cavities. In some select patients, the maxillary sinus as well. No tissue sample is able to be obtained with this method.

Endoscopic Sinus Surgery: Sinus disease involving any of the sinus cavities. Able to obtain tissue samples for pathologic analysis to see if cancer or worrisome tumor characteristic are present.

Sinus Cavities that can be addressed

Balloon Sinuplasty: Frontal sinus, sphenoid sinus, and maxillary sinus cavities. The ethmoid sinus cavities can NOT be addressed with this technique.

Endoscopic Sinus Surgery: All sinus cavities can be addressed.

Anesthesia

Balloon Sinuplasty: Local anesthesia without sedation possible

Endoscopic Sinus Surgery: General anesthesia

You may have discussed your sinus condition with your primary physician or another medical provider, but found no relief in the recommended treatments. If you are ready to safely and effectively treat your sinus condition, contact Suncoast ENT Surgical Specialists in Tampa or Spring Hill to learn about Balloon Sinuplasty.