Questions About Balloon Sinuplasty
Balloon Sinuplasty uses a small compressed balloon threaded with computer guidance called TruDiTM into blocked sinus passages. TruDiTM is like GPS for your sinuses. Once the balloon position is confirmed with TruDiTM the balloon is inflated and then removed. The sinus passages are widened by the inflated balloon. The balloon does not stay in the sinuses.
Yes, Dr. Atkins can combine balloon sinuplasty with other procedures. There are many other conditions such as nasal congestion, runny nose, postnasal drainage, sinus pain, and headaches that can benefit from other procedures.
Absolutely, over 96% of people who've had balloon sinuplasty report being symptom free years later.
This is a very important question. Dr. Atkins has been performing balloon sinuplasty since 2006. He has more experience than any other ENT in Texas and teaches his techniques to ENT's from all over the country.
Dr. Atkins developed protocols for both IV sedation and local anesthesia to insure that you are comfortable and pain free during the procedure. Our patients report no pain during the procedure. However, due to the fact you’re still having something done in your sinus, there’s likely to be a bit of tenderness and soreness afterward.
This is one of our most common questions. Your nose will look exactly the same after your procedure.
No, there is no need for your nose to be packed if you are having balloon sinuplasty.
Your nose may be slightly sore for a few days after your procedure. You should be able to resume a normal diet immediately after your procedure and able to return to work in 48 hours.
Once you have scheduled your procedure we will give you pre and post op instructions.
Surgery is not the answer for everyone. In fact, Dr. Atkins recommends surgery for only about 40% of our new patients. Most people can be managed with prescription and over-the-counter medications.
Yes, balloon sinuplasty is covered by most insurance plans. At Atkins Expert Sinus Care we believe in no financial surprises. We will let you know exactly what your out of pocket expenses will be.
Yes, Medicare covers balloon sinuplasty and other procedures for runny nose, congestion, drainage and sinus headaches.