Balloon Sinuplasty

At Surgical Solutions Network, our team of experienced, board-certified physicians offers a minimally invasive alternative to traditional sinus surgery called balloon sinuplasty for people in Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Vancouver, and throughout Canada. This safe, effective treatment can be a good option for chronic sinusitis patients who are not responding well to medications and seek relief from uncomfortable and painful sinusitis symptoms.

Why Choose Surgical Solutions Network for Balloon Sinuplasty?

Many patients from across Canada and all over the world choose Surgical Solutions for timely care to balloon sinuplasty and other ENT procedures. Our physicians have years of experience and excellence in performance and outcomes with this procedure. Our patient-centred philosophy means we strive to provide exceptional pre- and post-operative care and a compassionate, caring, and rewarding experience.

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What Is Chronic Sinusitis?

Chronic sinusitis, also called rhinosinusitis, refers to long-term (12 weeks or more) swelling and inflammation of the sinuses.

Chronic Sinusitis Symptoms

Sinusitis symptoms may include 2 or 3 of the following:

  • Tenderness and swelling around the eyes, cheeks, nose, and forehead
  • Sinus pressure or congestion
  • Sinus headache
  • Difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Loss of the sense of smell or taste
  • Yellow or green mucus from the nose
  • Teeth pain
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat from nasal discharge
  • Bad breath

Chronic sinusitis is best diagnosed by an otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeon (ENT) who can recommend the best sinusitis treatment options for you.

What Happens During Surgery?

During this procedure, surgeons use a small balloon placed through the nose to dilate the sinus openings. It is most effective when only one or two of the paranasal sinuses are involved, especially the frontal and maxillary sinuses. Unlike traditional sinus surgery, it does not remove bone or tissue from the nose.

Why Choose Balloon Sinuplasty?

If you have been diagnosed with chronic sinusitis and are not responding to medical treatment such as antibiotics, you may be a candidate for balloon sinuplasty. The benefits of this procedure include:

  • Safe: More than 150,000 patients have been treated safely with balloon sinuplasty.
  • Effective: Over 95% of patients who’ve had the procedure say they would have it again.
  • Fast: While recovery time varies with each patient, people can quickly return to normal activities.

The procedure is less invasive than traditional sinus surgery yet effective at relieving symptoms of chronic sinusitis.

How Do I Qualify for This Procedure?

You will need to complete a Pre-Surgical Patient Questionnaire to provide us with your basic medical history. We also require your most recent CT scan and, should these confirm you are a suitable patient for the procedure and our facility, a history, physical, bloodwork, and ECG from your family doctor.

How Long Does It Take To Recover From Balloon Sinuplasty?

While recovery times vary, patients generally resume normal activities within a few days.

How Should I Prepare for My Surgery?

Your surgeon will advise you on how to prepare based on your current circumstances. Often pre-surgical preparation is limited to the day before the procedure to aid in achieving the best possible outcome following your surgery.

Diagnostic Tests for Chronic Sinusitis

Sinus conditions are evaluated with a variety of diagnostic tests, which commonly include:

  • Endoscopic nasal evaluation, during which a flexible tube is inserted into the nasal passages and fiber optic light allows the doctor to see the smallest of abnormalities in the sinuses.
  • Computed tomography (CT) scan of the sinuses to obtain images from various angles of the facial area using special X-ray equipment. These scans help identify tumours, cysts, polyps, inflammatory diseases, and structural abnormalities.
  • Skin test to identify specific allergens.
  • Blood tests to identify underlying conditions such as cystic fibrosis, allergies, or viral/bacterial infections.
  • Mucus samples to identify underlying conditions.
  • Membrane biopsy to remove tissue and examine it under a microscope.
  • Sinus cultures and sensitivity tissue cultures to identify the cause of the inflammation.
  • Nasal cultures and smears for biopsy.

Source: https://www.enthealth.org/conditions/sinusitis/

Next Steps: Book Your Balloon Sinuplasty Consultation

If you are ready to discuss your balloon sinuplasty needs with one of our surgeons, contact us using our online form to learn more and request a consultation today. To discover your health options, your patient advisor will discuss:

  • Your medical history
  • Potential risks and complications
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