Is Balloon Sinuplasty Safe?
Balloon dilation of the sinuses is considered an extremely safe procedure and highly effective.
Balloon Sinuplasty is widely accepted by ENT specialists as a safe alternative to traditional sinus surgery. The procedure is minimally invasive and offers many benefits, including the preservation of muscosal tissue and mucociliary function. There is no cutting of nasal bone and tissue, and scarring is avoided. Patients experience rapid recovery, returning to work within 1 or 2 days. The treatment has undergone advancements since being commercialized and approved by the FDA in 2005 for OR use, and is now performed in ENT offices safely with local anesthesia. The procedure is particularly welcome by patients who have co-morbid conditions that prevent them from undergoing surgery.
Studies have been showing significant and clinically meaningful improvements in breathing and other symptoms through 24 months of follow-up data. Prior to the procedure, due to their symptoms, patients experienced impairment in work productivity, activity, and attendance. After undergoing balloon sinuplasty, patients continued to see substantial improvement.
Associated Risks With Balloon Sinuplasty
Although less invasive than traditional sinus surgery, the low complication rate procedure does have some associated risks. In rare cases, patients may experience infection, optic injury, and tissue or mucosal trauma. Dr. Schwartz will be able to address any concerns you may have about the risks and benefits of balloon sinuplasty.