Despite the efforts of medical journals, physician-reviewed articles, and blogs from reputable clinics, the internet is fraught with misleading medical advice. Balloon sinuplasty treatments are often the victim of this misinformation.
Sinusitis affects 25 million individuals in this country every year. The symptoms range from congestion and headache to sinus pressure and facial pain. If you are considering balloon sinuplasty at our Boca Raton, FL clinic as a treatment for chronic sinusitis, these debunked myths can help set the record straight.
Common Myths About Balloon Sinuplasty
Myth: Balloon sinuplasty treatments must be repeated frequently because it is only minimally effective.
Balloon sinuplasty delivers long-term relief for patients who suffer from chronic sinusitis. The majority of patients who undergo balloon sinuplasty continue to experience relief from sinusitis two years after their initial procedure. Studies have shown that more than 95 percent of individuals who undergo balloon sinuplasty report significant relief.
Myth: Balloon sinuplasty requires a lengthy recovery period.
While we do advise patients to rest for the remainder of the day following their procedure, most individuals are able to return to work the next day.
Myth: Balloon sinuplasty is a brand new and unproven treatment for sinusitis.
Compared to other sinusitis treatments, balloon sinuplasty is a relative newcomer. The treatment was first approved by the FDA is 2005. Since then, though, more than 500,000 individuals have undergone balloon sinuplasty, meaning the treatment has a long and safe track record.
Myth: Balloon sinuplasty is painful.
Because our doctors use anesthetics, you will not experience pain while undergoing balloon sinuplasty. Most patients report a mild sensation of pressure when the balloon is expanded inside the sinuses. The treatment is also beneficial because it is minimally invasive, unlike other surgical alternatives.
Myth: Balloon sinuplasty will not be covered by my health insurance.
The majority of insurance plans cover balloon sinuplasty. Contact your provider to confirm.
Myth: My nose will be packed with gauze following balloon sinuplasty.
This procedure does not require the packing of gauze.
Benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty Over Surgical Alternatives
- Reduced risk of bleeding
- Shorter procedure (usually less than one hour)
- No surgical removal of tissue
- No need for sutures
- Low risk of post-operative infection
- Minimal risk of scarring
- Minimal post-operation inflammation
- Minimal recovery time
In addition to balloon sinuplasty, our clinic offers:
- Septoplasty: A surgical procedure that corrects a deviated septum.
- Turbinate reduction: Surgery to reduce the size of the three nasal conchae.
- Endoscopic sinus surgery: A surgical procedure designed to increase the size of the sinus drainage pathways.
Contact Our Office To Schedule Your Consultation Today
During your medical examination, Dr. Bradford Ress will inquire about your history of sinusitis current symptoms before recommending treatment. Candidates for balloon sinuplasty generally have a long history of sinusitis and moderate to severe symptoms.
If you do undergo surgery, you will be in skilled hands. Dr. Ress is highly esteemed in this field. His past and current faculty work include the University of California-San Diego, the Clinical Faculty at the University of Miami, and (his current position) at Nova Southeastern University.
To schedule your appointment at our Boca Raton, FL clinic, contact us online or call Dr. Ress at (561) 353-7377.