Below you’ll find answers to most of the common questions we receive. If your question is not answered here, contact us.
Most patients will have some bloody nasal drainage overnight with a sinus headache for a couple of days. You will be given pain medicine for use after the procedure to help alleviate these problems.
Your nose will not be packed. You will be able to breathe through your nose after the procedure.
We usually give you a sedative, so you are not nervous. When you arrive, we put anesthetic spray in your nose. We apply additional anesthetic inside your nose before we begin the procedure.
Most patients can return to work the next day. Some patients may want to take off the day after the procedure and can return to work the second day.
Most patients can travel two weeks after the procedure. However many patients are able to travel sooner. This can be discussed with us and suggestions for your particular situation can be made.
Clinical research confirms that Balloon Sinuplasty provides long-term relief from sinus symptoms by opening blocked sinus passageways.
Yes. Clinical studies have shown that Balloon Sinuplasty is safe, minimally invasive, and significantly improves quality of life.
Because Balloon Sinuplasty is less invasive than traditional sinus surgery, there is a low complication rate; however, there are some associated risks, including tissue and mucosal trauma, infection, and possible eye or brain injury. There have been hundreds of thousands of balloon sinuplasties done since it was invented and the reported number of severe complications is very low. Dr. Atkins has never had a serious complication from balloon sinuplasty.
No, it does not limit future treatment options. That is the great part about it. The revision rate is very low; however, if revisions are needed, they are usually straightforward because the original anatomy has not been significantly altered.
No, the balloon is positioned, inflated, deflated and removed. It can take a couple of minutes to position the balloon in the correct spot for each sinus, but once positioned, the inflation and deflation takes just a few seconds.
Studies have shown that the areas dilated by the balloons stay open 94% of the time.
Published revision rates are about 5.25% for balloon sinuplasty. That means that on average about 5 patients in 100 will need another procedure. The next procedure could either be an additional balloon procedure in the office or a formal sinus surgery in the operating room. Dr. Atkins’s results are about the same as the published results.
You will need to be on antibiotics and steroids immediately preceding your surgery to make sure that any inflammation in your nose is under control. We will prescribe these for you.
Am I Really Supposed To Eat And Drink Before My Procedure? Other Surgeries I have Had Did Not Allow Me To Eat Or Drink After Midnight.
If you are going to have general anesthesia you are not allowed to eat or drink after midnight. Since this is local anesthesia, you are allowed to eat and drink before the procedure. In fact we strongly encourage you to eat a moderate amount and drink a lot of water before your surgery. Cokes and teas are not the best option for being well hydrated before your surgery. Water works best.