Balloon Sinuplasty

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Balloon Sinuplasty services offered in Lower Manhattan, New York, Flushing, Flushing and Sunset Park, Brooklyn, NY

Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive treatment for chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS). At the offices of Raymond L. Yung, MD, PC, in Lower Manhattan in New York City, the Sunset Park neighborhood in Brooklyn, and the Flushing neighborhood in Queens, New York, Raymond Yung, MD, and the other board-certified otolaryngologists (ear, nose, and throat physicians) perform balloon sinuplasty for patients with CRS, preventing the need for a more invasive surgical procedure. To find out more about balloon sinuplasty and how it can help your chronic rhinosinusitis, call the nearest office or schedule an appointment online today. Walk-ins are also welcome for consults.

What is balloon sinuplasty?

Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive surgical treatment for sinusitis, also called chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS). 

Sinusitis is inflammation of the sinus cavity, causing:

  • Stuffy nose
  • Congestion
  • Facial pain
  • Loss of sense of smell

It’s a common condition that may develop following a cold or allergies. Though sinusitis may clear up over time, if you have sinusitis symptoms that last longer than 12 weeks, you have a chronic condition. 

Balloon sinuplasty is a treatment for chronic sinusitis.

Am I a candidate for balloon sinuplasty?

Your provider at Raymond L. Yung, MD, PC, determines if you’re a candidate for balloon sinuplasty after a consultation. They may recommend the procedure if you have chronic sinusitis and medical interventions fail to improve your symptoms.

They may not consider you a candidate for balloon sinuplasty if you have nasal polyps or if you think you might have trouble undergoing the procedure with local anesthesia (the treatment area is numb, but you’re awake during balloon sinuplasty).

What happens during balloon sinuplasty?

Your otolaryngologist reviews the details of your balloon sinuplasty at your consultation so you know what to expect. The specialists at Raymond L. Yung, MD, PC, perform the procedure at the office.

While you recline in the treatment chair, your provider applies a topical decongestant to your nose and an anesthetic spray. Using an endoscope (thin tube with light and camera), your provider inserts a thin catheter with a small balloon attached into the sinus cavity.

Your provider slowly inflates the balloon, compressing the tissue and opening the sinus cavity to improve breathing. Then, they deflate the balloon and remove it. 

What can I expect during recovery from balloon sinuplasty?

You can expect a quick recovery with minimal discomfort following balloon sinuplasty. You may have mild pain in your nose and sinuses and some drainage. You can use over-the-counter pain relievers to reduce your discomfort.

The otolaryngologists provide specific at-home care instructions to promote healing and prevent infection. That might include prescription saline rinses that help flush out mucus and debris. 

Are you looking for relief from chronic sinusitis with minimal discomfort? Call Raymond L. Yung, MD, PC, or schedule an appointment online today.