What is Balloon Sinus Dilation?
Balloon Sinus Dilation (also known as Balloon Sinuplasty) is a proven, simple sinus procedure designed to open blocked sinus passages, allowing for adequate airflow and drainage. The goal of balloon sinus dilation (BSD) is to end the cycle of sinusitis (sinus infections) once and for all.
Office sinus dilation is a minimally invasive option that reshapes anatomy to expand sinus pathways and restore drainage. Not only is the procedure straightforward, but Dr. Brodner performs it in our office as an outpatient procedure right here, in our office.
The office sinus dilation procedure is performed using local anesthesia -- the inside of the nose is numbed with a spray and small injection, allowing the patient to sit comfortably and wide awake during the entire process. The average pain score, as rated by actual patients, averages LESS THAN 2 out of 10 and all of Dr. Brodner's patients require only Tylenol if they experience discomfort.
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Balloon Sinuplasty Procedure
The procedure utilizes small balloons placed in key locations within the nose, which are then dilated to expand the sinus pathways.
The balloon is removed immediately and does NOT stay within the sinus like a stent. It is a scientifically-proven effective and lasting option for some patients whose symptoms do not resolve with medication.
The office sinus dilation procedure is performed using local anesthesia -- the inside of the nose is numbed with a spray and small injection, allowing the patient to sit comfortably and wide awake during the entire process.
The average pain score, as rated by actual patients, averages LESS THAN 2 out of 10 and all of Dr. Brodner's patients require only Tylenol if they experience discomfort.
Step 1: Local and topical anesthesia is used to numb the sinus area.
Step 2: A tiny catheter is inserted into the nose and then into the opening (ostium) of the narrowed or blocked sinus passage.
Step 3: On the end of the catheter is a balloon filled with saline. Once inside the sinus opening, the balloon is dilated (or inflated) for about 5-10 seconds.
Step 4: The balloon and catheter are removed.
Please Note: The balloon is removed immediately and does NOT stay within the sinus like a stent. It is a scientifically-proven effective and lasting option for some patients whose symptoms do not resolve with medication.
The beauty of balloon sinus dilation is that the inflated balloon gently opens and reshapes the sinus passage without requiring tissue or bone removal. There is no recovery period -- Dr. Brodner simply requests his patients not blow the nose for the first 24 hours after Balloon Sinus Dilation, otherwise, patients are encouraged to resume all of their usual daily activities immediately upon leaving our office.
What is Sinusitis?
Sinusitis is defined as an inflammation of the tissue that lines the sinus cavity. Sinusitis is very common – around 35 million Americans have at least one sinus infection a year. In some cases, the swelling (inflammation) completely blocks the sinuses, trapping mucus and air inside. The trapped mucus can turn into a bacterial sinus infection and result in a variety of symptoms.
Symptoms of Sinusitis
Symptoms of recurrent and/or chronic sinusitis include the following:
- Thick, discolored discharge from the nose or postnasal drainage down the back of the
- Nasal obstruction or congestion, making breathing through the nose very difficult
- Pain, tenderness, and/or swelling around the eyes, cheeks, nose, or forehead
- Reduced sense of smell and taste
- Ear pain
- Aching in the upper jaw and teeth
- Couth that worsens at night
- Bad breath
Dr. Brodner uses Balloon Sinus Dilation for recurrent and/or chronic sinusitis sufferers.
Benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty
Prior to 2005, traditional Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS) was the only option available when medications were not enough to treat chronic sinusitis (sinus infections.) FESS involves removing tissue and bone, is performed under general anesthesia in a surgery center or hospital, and recovery can be painful – taking up to 4 weeks.
In 2005, Balloon Sinus Dilation was FDA approved and came from the field of interventional cardiology, where tiny balloons have been used for years to gently dilate blocked arteries. The goal of Balloon Sinus Dilation is similar – to open blocked sinus passages to allow for adequate ventilation and restore natural drainage. In contrast to traditional sinus surgery, Balloon Sinus Dilation is performed in the office, with local anesthesia, and with little to no downtime.
Did you know that Dr. Brodner was the first ENT physician to bring Balloon Sinus Dilation to South Florida? As an early pioneer of this procedure, Dr. Brodner has been given the title of National Key Opinion Leader for his cutting-edge techniques and diagnostics.
Balloon Sinus Dilation Recovery
Since balloon sinus dilation does not require bone or tissue removal, there is very little trauma to the nasal area. This makes for minimal recovery time. Most patients return to work and normal activities within a day or two.
Read what our patients are saying!
" Dr. Brodner and his staff are just fantastic. I originally went to see him because it was difficult to breathe through my nose. They went over different options with me, explaining in detail how the procedures worked, and answered all questions and concerns I had. A few weeks later I had a couple different in-office procedures, which were done the same day, and went exactly as planned. After recovering I can say with much enthusiasm that the procedures were successful and the ease of breathing through my nose is much much better. Dr. Brodner and his entire staff were very professional and compassionate and use the most up to date care and technology and I would certainly use him for any future ENT needs I may have and would highly recommend him as well. "
Does Balloon Sinus Dilation work?
In many well-designed clinical studies, Balloon Sinus Dilation was shown to have a 94% success rate. This means we anticipate you will only need the procedure once.
A National Center of Excellence
Since 2010, Dr. Brodner has performed thousands of Balloon Sinus Dilation procedures and is known by his peers as a pioneer. Regularly, ENT surgeons travel across the county to The Center for Sinus, Allergy, and Sleep Wellness to observe and learn his techniques balloon sinus dilation, as well as other cutting-edge, office-based procedures. As a result of his extensive training initiatives, his practice is recognized as a National Center of Excellence.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are interested in learning more about Balloon Sinus Dilation, or if you wish to determine whether you are a candidate for the procedure, please call 561.735.8750 to schedule a consultation with our experienced team to arrange a one-on-one appointment with Dr. David C. Brodner in our Boynton Beach FL office. You can change your life with nose surgery and you can take the first step by speaking with us.
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