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A: When initially diagnosing an acute sinus condition, the specialist will typically start by
treating the condition with medication, such as antibiotics or steroids. If you do not respond well to initial treatment, your doctor may recommend balloon sinuplasty.
A: Balloon sinuplasty has proven to be a safe and effective treatment for thousands of
patients suffering from acute sinusitis. The procedure uses a balloon catheter, which helps to open and drain the affected sinuses without leaving any foreign objects behind. This assures a speedy recovery and a low risk of complications.
The balloon catheter is constructed from surgical grade, non-latex plastic. Balloon dilation can be used alongside other treatments, and because it’s minimally invasive, it does not limit future treatment options should they prove necessary.
The procedure typically lasts no more than an hour and can be performed in office or in a surgery theatre under general anaesthesia.
A: The balloon sinuplasty procedure is limited to the maxillary, frontal and sphenoid sinuses.
While balloon sinuplasty is by far the safest procedure for treating acute sinusitis, it carries some risks common to all sinus treatments including tissue and mucosal trauma, infection, or optic injury. You should ask your specialist about these risks when considering your treatment options. Also be aware that patients suffering from nasal polyposis, extensive fungal disease, connective tissue disease, or neoplasm may not be eligible for balloon sinuplasty.
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