Balloon sinuplasty hits a milestone this year as it reaches its 10th anniversary. The procedure was approved by the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2005, and it has successfully brought sinus relief to many patients over the years. However, balloon sinuplasty surgery is still new to some people. In order to people understand more about balloon sinuplasty, here are five questions people often ask.
What Are the Risks?
We have discussed the safety of balloon sinuplasty in our “Safe and Effective: Balloon Sinuplasty” article. However, every surgery comes some risks. Thankfully, there are minimal risks with balloon sinuplasty surgery. There is no cutting or removal of tissue involved. There may be some minor bleeding, tissue and mucosal trauma, but ultimately most patients recover within two days.
Can My Primary Care Physician Perform the Procedure?
Your primary care physician can provide you with medication to help relieve your sinusitis symptoms. However, if your symptoms persist for more than 8 weeks, than you need to consider surgical options. An otolaryngologist, like our very own Dr. Eric Cohen, will be able to diagnosis and preform the balloon sinuplasty procedure.
Is the Balloon Sinuplasty Surgery Allergy-Friendly?
Yes! In fact, did you know that your sinus troubles could be related to your allergies? That’s why scientist made sure that the materials used in the procedure were allergy-friendly. The balloon catheter is made from a hypoallergenic, surgical grad plastic. The procedure relieves your symptoms without having to worry about any accidents.
How long does the Procedure Last?
You will not have to worry about a long surgical process with balloon sinuplasty. An otolaryngologist can perform the procedure in under an hour. There is no need for general anesthesia or tissue removal, and the procedure can be completed fairly quickly.
Will Insurance Cover Balloon Sinuplasty Surgery?
Most insurances do cover balloon sinuplasty. This surgical option was quickly accepted by the medical community, as it cost little and is truly effective. If you are suffering from sinusitis, talk to your insurance and see if they cover the balloon sinuplasty surgery.