Do you suffer from sinus infections? Would you like fewer or no sinus infections every year?
Balloon sinuplasty is an in-office treatment alternative to sinus surgery for people with sinus infections. Sinus infections can be severe, causing pain, stuffed nose, and postnasal drip. Sinus surgery has evolved tremendously from the days where the nose was stuffed with yards of string. Now, using a small camera through the nostril, Dr. Eric Carniol can examine the nose and the sinus pathways. For patients with chronic or recurrent infections, there are options for sinus treatment. For many patients, balloon sinuplasty is a great in-office treatment that can reduce infections and improve the health of the sinuses.
How is Balloon Sinuplasty Performed?
Balloon sinuplasty involves a small balloon that passes into the natural sinus opening. The balloon is expanded, stretching the natural sinus opening. The widened opening then allows the sinus to be healthier. The sinus is then washed out. The procedure is repeated for other sinuses. Patients are typically able to return to work in 2 days.
Am I a Candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty?
Patients that benefit from balloon sinus surgery may have facial pain and pressure, sinus headaches, congestion, postnasal drip, and yellow or green mucous from the nose. Recurrent sinus infections more than a couple times per year may also make someone a candidate for this procedure. CT scan is usually necessary to confirm which sinuses are most affected and would benefit from the procedure.
How long does Balloon Sinuplasty take?
Most of the time of the procedure is spent carefully numbing the nose. This portion can take an hour or so to make the patient as perfectly comfortable as possible. Then, the balloon portion of the procedure takes about 30 minutes or less depending on the number of sinuses that need to be treated.
- Near-painless procedure
- Performed in-office
- Less invasive
- No need for general anesthesia
- Fewer and less severe sinus infections
- Fast recovery
- Great for patients who do not want to go to the operating room
- Not good for sinus polyps
- Not effective for ethmoid sinusitis
- Usually not preferred for secondary or revision surgery
Is balloon sinuplasty for kids?
Balloon sinuplasty can be performed for children. However in children, and even sometimes in adults, the procedure is performed under anesthesia in a surgery center. The recovery is quicker than traditional sinus surgery.
Where is Dr. Eric Carniol’s office?
Dr. Eric Carniol is part of Carniol Plastic Surgery, located in the Medical Arts Building behind Overlook Hospital. The office address is 33 Overlook Rd, Ste 401, Summit NJ. Dr. Carniol also performs endoscopic sinus surgery When necessary, Dr. Carniol also operates at Overlook Hospital in Summit and St. Barnabas Hospital in Livingston. Dr. Carniol sees patients from New Providence, Millburn, Short Hills, Chatham, Springfield, Cranford, Scotch Plains, Warren, Westfield, Far Hills, and Bridgewater.
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