Balloon Sinuplasty Live Sinus Surgery
This is a LIVE Balloon Sinuplasty Procedure
NOTE: This presentation has a live surgical video showing an in-office Balloon Sinuplasty procedure. This video offered for informational and educational purposes. It is not intended as any medical advice. Viewer discretion is advised.
This is a live surgical procedure with a real patient who has agreed to film his balloon sinuplasty procedure. Dr. Ludwick will take you through how a Balloon Sinuplasty surgical procedure works. You'll be able to see exactly what's happening, how long it takes, and how you'll feel immediately after the procedure.
The Ballon Sinuplasty technique is one we frequently use in chronic sinusitis cases. We do it in our office. It’s a quick procedure that takes about 30 to 40 minutes. And, there’s minimal pain and minimal downtime.
It’s a straightforward procedure where we use a Balloon Sinuplasty tool — a device that allows us to find the natural pathway of one of your sinuses. The bright light and camera on the end allows us to confirm we’re in the right location. Once we know we’re in the right location, we advance a tiny balloon across the natural pathway and then inflate that balloon. This will spread all the tissue around that pathway outward. The balloon is a 6mm balloon so you’ll have a 6mm dilation. Once dilated, we deflate the balloon and we take out the device.
A dilation procedure, like Balloon Sinuplasty, as opposed to removing tissue, expands the pathway to a sinus. The sinus pathway is surrounded with eggshell thin bone. Once the balloon is inflated, it pushes the bone away from the pathway. When we remove the device, the area is going to heal in that new open position because of the bone. We’re literally dilating bone. It’s going to heal and it will heal in the outward position.
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We don’t remove sinuses with balloon dilation. We just improve mother nature; we’re just helping mother nature be more efficient.
Why wouldn’t Balloon Sinuplasty work for everyone?
Well, for one thing, the problem may not even be your sinuses. It could be your septum, or turbinates, or even nasal allergies.
That’s why when you come to see me, we're going to do a full ENT exam. This includes listening to you describe the issue, probing and looking into your sinuses, and an in-office CAT scan.
The Bottom Line
Many people suffer from sinus symptoms. This can be indicative of an underlying sinus problem. Patients with underlying sinus disease often complain of suffering from facial pain or pressure, especially when the person is sick, when the weather changes, or when there are dramatic changes in air pressure such as when flying in a plane or traveling through elevated terrain. Also, feeling congested all the time, and getting sick frequently can be indicative of an underlying sinus problem.
If you'd like a full ENT exam and find out your options for feeling great, then please contact our office at: 281-556-1102 (call or text).