Balloon Sinuplasty Specialist

Paul Schalch Lepe, MD, FACS -  - Ear, Nose & Throat Specialist

Silenso Clinic

Paul Schalch Lepe, MD, FACS

Ear, Nose & Throat Specialist & Sleep Medicine Specialist located in San Diego, CA

Advancements in medical technology have led to an astounding range of previously unavailable treatment options. Balloon sinuplasty is a prime example and is an area of specialty for Paul Schalch Lepe MD, FACS, of Silenso Clinic in San Diego, California. This procedure offers a minimally invasive way to improve troublesome sinus symptoms. To explore this option in more detail, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Balloon Sinuplasty Q&A

What is balloon sinuplasty?

Balloon sinuplasty is a procedure that uses a medical balloon to open blocked sinuses. It’s a relatively recent addition to the tools available to ear, nose, and throat specialists and was approved by the FDA in 2005. 

According to researchers, the number of balloon sinuplasty procedures increased by 58% between 2011 and 2014. The procedure is also widely covered by many medical insurance providers. 

Balloon sinuplasty is a good treatment option for men and women suffering from severe or chronic sinusitis that has not responded to other treatments like antibiotics, decongestants, or corticosteroids. 

What happens during balloon sinuplasty

Balloon sinuplasty can be done under local or general anesthesia so that you won’t feel any discomfort during the procedure. Your provider begins by inserting a thin, flexible surgical tube called an endoscope into your nasal passages. 

The endoscope is equipped with a light and camera, and projects real-time imaging to an external screen. Your physician then runs a deflated balloon catheter into your nasal passage and to the area of blockage. 

Once in place, the balloon is slowly inflated, placing pressure against the walls of your sinuses and opening your sinus passageway. Your provider flushes your sinuses with a saline solution to remove mucus and pus. 

When they’re sure that your sinuses are cleared, they remove the catheter and endoscope. 

What are the benefits of balloon sinuplasty?

Balloon sinuplasty offers several benefits over endoscopic surgical solutions. Some of those benefits include:

  • Low risk of bleeding
  • Reduced risk of postoperative infection
  • No need for incisions or sutures
  • Faster recovery time
  • No need to remove bones, cartilage, or other tissues
  • Low risk of damaging sinus tissues
  • No risk of scarring

Balloon sinuplasty is not without risk, but the likelihood of serious side effects is much lower than with traditional endoscopic surgical procedures. Before you decide to move forward with balloon sinuplasty, your physician will ensure you have all the details needed to make an informed decision about your treatment plan. 

To learn more about balloon sinuplasty and how it plays a role in treating sinusitis, come in for a one-on-one consultation. You can call Silenso Clinic to schedule an appointment, or you can request one online at any time.

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