Why The Orlando Sinus & Allergy Center?


It is estimated that more than 37 million Americans suffer from sinusitis every year making it one of the most common health conditions in the country. Traditionally, those who suffer from the pain, pressure and other symptoms of recurring and persisting sinus infections have two routes to relief: (1) medication or (2) painful sinus surgery. When medications don’t work and traditional sinus surgery is not a desirable option, what is a patient to do? The physicians at the Orlando Sinus & Allergy Center specialize in a minimally invasive procedure called balloon sinus dilation.


Balloon sinus dilation treatments are a minimally invasive treatment option that are performed at the Orlando Sinus & Allergy Center. It’s an effective option for some patients whose symptoms don’t resolve with medication. It does not require general anesthesia and may result in less bleeding and pain than traditional sinus surgery. In most cases, the patient is able to resume normal activities the day of the treatment.. The physicians at the Orlando Sinus & Allergy Center can determine if your condition is one that may benefit from balloon sinus dilation and can help you understand the risks and benefits of this treatment.


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Impact of Sinusitis

More than 37 million Americans suffer from sinusitis every year, making it one of the most common health conditions in the country. Traditionally, those who suffer from the pain, pressure and other symptoms of recurring and persisting sinus infections have two routes to relief:
(1) medical therapy (antibiotics, steroids, etc.)
(2) functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS)
Now, qualified patients have a new treatment option, a simple office procedure called balloon sinus dilation.


Balloon sinus Dilation-instant Relief that lasts
Balloon sinus dilation is a minimally invasive treatment option that can be performed by the doctors here at Florida Otolaryngology Group, P.A, right here, in the office. The objective of balloon sinus dilation is to reshape anatomy to expand sinus pathways and restore drainage. The procedure utilizes small balloons placed in key places in the nose and sinus, which are then dilated to expand the sinus pathways. It may be an effective, lasting option for some patients whose symptoms do not resolve with medication.
The balloon sinus dilation procedure may not require general anesthesia, and in many cases the patient is able to resume normal activities within 24 hours. The doctors can determine if your condition is one that may benefit from balloon sinus dilation and can help you understand the risks and benefits of this treatment option.

Discuss Balloon Sinus Dilations with your doctor today!

The doctors are trained and experienced users of balloon sinus dilation technologies. Make an appointment with your doctor today to determine if balloon sinus dilation is right for you.
To learn more about sinusitis treatment options and balloon sinus dilation, visit www.SinusSurgeryOptions.com.

Balloon Sinuplasty FAQ

What is in office balloon sinus dilation?

Balloon sinus dilation is a minimally invasive treatment for chronic or recurrent sinusitis. In a balloon sinus dilation procedure, your physician uses a small balloon to dilate or expand the sinus opening and drainage pathways to restore sinus drainage.
Balloon sinus dilation can be performed in an office, under local anesthesia.

How does balloon sinus dilation work to treat chronic or recurrent sinusitis?

In chronic and recurrent sinusitis, blocked sinus drainage pathways can prevent effective drainage and healing. When first line medication therapies fail to resolve symptoms and inflammation, or patients experience multiple bouts of sinusitis, balloon sinus dilation may be an appropriate treatment option.
The goal of balloon sinus dilation is to expand the sinus openings and drainage pathways in order to aid drainage and promote healing. After locating the treatment area and applying local anesthesia, your physician will place the small balloon, inflate the balloon to dilate the treatment area, and then deflate and remove the balloon.

How long does the balloon sinus dilation procedure take?

Procedure length is dependent on your specific condition and anatomy. You should expect to spend around one and a half to two hours at the office, to allow time for pretreatment preparation and post treatment examination. Consult your physician to better understand the details of your procedure.

What are the benefits of an in office balloon sinus dilation procedure?

Office based procedures performed under local anesthesia allow you to avoid the negative effects, costs or risks associated with general anesthesia.

Will the procedure require any anesthesia?

Balloon sinus dilation can be performed under local anesthesia, in an office.
In certain circumstances, balloon sinus dilation may also be used in combination with modern sinus surgery tools. In these instances, it may be performed in an operating room, under general anesthesia.

How quickly after treatment can I return to normal activities?

Many patients can resume normal activities immediately. Your doctor may recommend you refrain from very strenuous activities (such as heavy lifting) for a week after the treatment.

Are there any potential risks and complications associated with balloon sinus dilation?

As with any medical intervention, potential risks and complications exist with balloon sinus dilation. All patients should consult their doctors to determine if their conditions present any special risks. Your physician will review potential complications of balloon sinus dilation at consultation. Possible side effects include but are not limited to post-operative bleeding; pain and swelling; allergic reaction to anesthesia or other medications administered during the procedure; or infection. Your condition may not respond to this treatment.

Is balloon sinus dilation suitable for everyone?

Only your physician can tell you if balloon sinus dilation is a viable option to treat your sinusitis. Experience has shown that many patients with recurring or persistent sinusitis can be treated with balloon sinus dilation.
For more information on balloon sinus dilation, or office based sinus treatments, visit www.SinusSurgeryOptions.com.

What to Expect

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR PROCEDURE

A typical balloon sinus dilation procedure consists of two phases:

APPLICATION OF LOCAL ANESTHESIA (approximately 15–30 minutes)

Your physician will determine the best way to numb the inside of your nose. Your physician may:

 

  1. Spray inside your nose with numbing medicine and decongestant.
  2. Place small pieces of cotton (pledgets) soaked in numbing medicine and decongestant inside your nose.
    These small pieces of cotton should not affect your ability to breathe through your nose.
  3. Use a tiny needle to inject small amounts of numbing medicine in some key locations inside your nose.
    Because of the numbing medicine on the cotton pieces, these injections should not hurt.

After each step, your physician may give the numbing medicine and decongestant some time to work before proceeding to the next step.
Different physicians follow different approaches to local anesthesia, based on their experiences and optimized for your specific procedure. Ask your doctor what you can expect.

 

 


PROCEDURE (can vary—approximately 30 minutes)

First, your doctor may insert a small tool into your nasal passages to make sure the numbing medicine is working and that you are comfortable. Your doctor will then insert a small balloon and inflate the balloon for approximately five seconds to open the sinus pathway and restore drainage. Once the pathway is opened, your doctor will deflate the balloon and remove the device. Nothing stays in your nose. Your doctor may treat more than one sinus during your procedure.

 

 


WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER YOUR PROCEDURE
Many patients return to normal activity the day of the procedure. Your physician may ask you to refrain from vigorous physical activity for a period of time after the procedure.

Do not hesitate to contact your physician if you have any questions about your recovery.