Utah Balloon Sinuplasty (Balloon Dilation)

Sinusitis is an inflammation of the lining in the sinus area. If the sinus opening ends up getting blocked because of swelling, normal drainage is going to be hindered and it can end up leading to frequent and reoccurring sinus infections and various painful symptoms. This particular condition can be acute and last for less than 4 weeks or it can be chronic sinusitis and last for a very long time (longer than 12 weeks).

Difference between Sinusitis and Colds/Allergies:

Sinusitis is typically preceded by some severity allergy symptoms or a common cold. Colds and allergies can actually lead to inflamed sinuses which can cause the openings of the sinuses to become extremely blocked and prevent normal drainage.

Common Symptoms:

  1. Pain in the facial area.
  2. Swelling or tenderness around or in between the eyes.
  3. Difficulty breathing through the nose.
  4. Headaches.
  5. Difficulty smelling.
  6. Sore Throat.
  7. Bad Breath.

Utah Balloon Sinuplasty Treatment

One of the best ways to treat patients with chronic sinusitis is through a minimally invasive procedure called a Balloon Sinuplasty. This endo chronic sinusitis treatment involves placing a balloon into the nose in order to reach the sinuses that are blocked. Once it is properly placed, the balloon is inflated in order to properly allow for a normal opening of the sinus cavity. This endo chronic sinusitis treatment is deemed to be safe and effective. Also, it has a very quick recovery period. Dr. Bikhazi specializes in Balloon Sinuplasty treatment in Utah.

+ Does it Work?

This procedure is confirmed to work. Clinical research has indicated that this particular procedure has the ability to provide long term relief from experiencing all kinds of sinus symptoms by being able to effectively open the sinus cavities that were initially blocked.

+ Is The Procedure Effect Permanent?

The length of time that your sinuses are able to stay open will essentially depend on the extent of your sinusitis along with other factors that may play a role. It is very unlikely that you would require another procedure to do the same thing. With that being said, if your surgeon deems it necessary, you may have to.

+ How Many People Get This Kind Of Procedure?

Believe it or not, but more than 330,000 people around the globe have decided to get this procedure.

+ Advantages Of This Procedure Overall Traditional Surgery?

This particular procedure is much less invasive than traditional sinus surgery. Therefore, you are not going to have to deal with all of the pain and discomfort associated with traditional surgery. Also, because it is minimally invasive, you will not need to worry about the problems that can result from going under. You will not have to deal with too much post pain or recovery. You will be able to get back to your normal life very quickly after the procedure. Believe it or not, but more than 330,000 people around the globe have decided to get this procedure.

+ How Long Does Symptom Relief Last After The Procedure?

Results are going to vary from patient to patient. With that being said, an improvement was found in 95% of patients at a follow up period of 9 months. Therefore, it definitely lasts a long time. In some studies, patients actually reported that the improvement in the symptoms last up to 2 years after having sinuplasty.

+ Is It Safe?

Many studies have shown that this procedure is very safe and that it can significantly improve the patients overall quality of life.

+ What Material Is Used For The Balloon?

The balloon is actually made from different kinds of plastic that does not contain any latex at all. Therefore, if you suffer from latex allergies, you can still get the procedure done.

+ Different Risks Associated With This Procedure:

Because this particular procedure is much less invasive than traditional surgery, there is a very low risk factor. However, that does not mean there are absolutely no risks at all. There are some risks including mucosal trauma, infection, optical injury, and possible tissue damage. It is important to discuss these risks with your doctor in order to determine whether or not this kind of procedure is worth it for you.

+ Is Anesthesia Required For This Procedure?

A lot of patients end up going under general anesthesia. However, more and more ENT doctors are beginning to perform the procedure directly in their offices under local anesthesia.

+ What Is The Recovery Time?

The recovery time for this procedure will ultimately vary between patients. A lot of patients notice significant improvement in their condition after 2 days and end up going back to work and their regular life during that time.

+ How Much Does It Cost?

This is likely going to be on your mind if you are thinking about getting any kind of procedure or surgery. The good news is that this particular procedure is covered by Medicare and it is covered by most insurance policies. However, you are going to need to look for your specific provider to make sure that you are fully covered. The cost for the procedure is going to depend on your insurance company and the overall coverage that they provide.

As you can see, there are a lot of significant advantages for this kind of procedure if you are suffering from sinus problems. If your sinus problems are bad enough, you are going to want to discuss your options with Dr. Nadim Bikhazi. They should be able to tell you whether or not you are a candidate for sinuplasty. It is one of the most effective treatment/procedures that you will be able to get to improve your quality of life.Many studies have shown that this procedure is very safe and that it can significantly improve the patients overall quality of life.