Balloon Sinus Dilation

Balloon Sinus Dilation is a procedure where a small balloon is used to dilate the openings to the sinuses to restore patency and allow the sinuses to drain and be ventilated.   The procedure typically takes 30 minutes and can be performed in the office.  Unlike traditional sinus surgery, there is no tissue removal or destruction of the sinus mucosa and cilia.  Once the balloon is dilated the sinus opening is remodeled and the balloon is removed.  This creates a permanent opening with minimal trauma, bleeding and scarring.  As a result, the post procedure recovery is usually very short with most patients returning to full activities in 24 hours.  Bleeding, discomfort and scarring are also at a minimum.
Balloon Sinus Dilation is covered by most insurances except BC/BS of SC and NC and NC Medicaid.

 

Comparison between BSD and Traditional Sinus Surgery

Balloon Sinus Dilation

Traditional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

30-45 minute procedure

1-2 hour procedure

Office Procedure

Usually performed in OR at a surgery center/hospital

Minimally invasive, less traumatic

Involves tissue removal so more invasive

Lower rate of complications

Higher rate of complications

Return to work in 24 hours and minimal post procedure bleeding, swelling and scarring expected

Return to work in 1-2 weeks and moderate amount of post op bleeding and swelling expected

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