Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that has been designed to provide relief for the pain and pressure associated with chronic sinusitis and recurring sinus infections. This is one of Dr. Shari Reitzen’s main services at her Upper East Side practice.
Balloon Sinuplasty Procedure Details
One of the biggest advantages of balloon sinuplasty is that it can be done in the office in a convenient 10-15-minute procedure. In fact, the average time from a patient arriving to them leaving is one hour. The balloon sinuplasty uses only local anesthetic (topical and injections).
Numbing medicine will be used on the surface areas of the nose interior, and once these have done their job, we will administer the local anesthetic. Once the area is properly numbed, the balloon catheter will enter the nasal cavity, where the tiny “balloon” tip will inflate and widen the walls of the nasal passageways. During this process, you may feel some pressure, but there should not be any pain. Some patients also experience a “smoky” smell. This is normal. The blockage will be addressed, and once this has been done, a saline solution will then be sprayed into the cavity to cleanse the area and the catheter will be removed.