Balloon Sinuplasty FAQ

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Is Balloon Sinuplasty cleared for use by the FDA?

Balloon Sinuplasty received FDA clearance in 2005 as a treatment for ear, nose, and throat issues.

Is the effect of this procedure permanent or might I have to undergo repeated ear, nose, and throat procedures?

How long your sinuses stay open depends on the extent of your sinus disease or other factors. It is unlikely that you would require repeat procedures.

Are the Balloon Sinuplasty™ devices safe?

The Balloon Sinuplasty™ Technology is minimally invasive and has been clinically demonstrated to be safe by leading Ear, Nose and Throat doctors. Finally, unlike other tools used to clear blocked sinus openings, Balloon Sinuplasty™ Technology does not remove any bone or tissue and many patients can quickly return to normal activities.

What are the risks associated with Balloon Sinuplasty?

Because Balloon Sinuplasty is less invasive than traditional sinus surgery there is a low complication rate. In all published clinical data, no serious adverse events attributable to the Balloon Sinuplasty™ System have been reported. Balloon Sinuplasty™ Technology has associated risks, including tissue and mucosal trauma, infection, or possible optic injury. Ask Dr. Wright about the risks and benefits to determine whether Balloon Sinuplasty is right for you.

What material is the balloon made from?

The balloon is made from a type of plastic that does not contain latex.

What are the advantages of the Balloon Sinuplasty over traditional sinus surgery?

Balloon Sinuplasty is less invasive, minimal bleeding, no packing, performed in Dr. Wright’s office, mild sedation used, NO general anesthesia, NO heavy pain medication required, return to normal activities the next day.

How long does it take to recover after Balloon Sinuplasty?

Patients are normally at home within an hour of the procedure, the majority of patients are able to go out to eat the same evening and resume normal activities the next day. Patients are advised to limit strenuous physical activity and not to blow their nose for one week.

Does Balloon Sinuplasty limit my future sinusitis treatment options?

No. Surgeons may use Balloon Sinuplasty with other medical therapies, and it does not limit future treatment options for patients.

Is Balloon Sinuplasty right for me?

If you suffer from chronic sinusitis, and sinus medications have not been effective in relieving your symptoms, you may be a candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty.

How much does Balloon Sinuplasty cost?

Your cost will vary depending on your insurance coverage. Dr. Wright’s office will clear the procedure with your insurance company.

Is Balloon Sinuplasty covered by Medicare?

Yes. Medicare’s sinus surgery insurance coverage includes Balloon Sinuplasty.

Is Balloon Sinuplasty covered by my insurance?

Most insurance companies cover sinus surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty™ devices. Dr. Wright’s office will clear the procedure with your insurance company.

 

        

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