Balloon Sinuplasty

Dr. Robert A. Ehrhard, MD

Otolaryngology located in Jasper, IN

The constant pain and discomfort of chronic sinusitis can have a significant impact on your quality of life, with effective relief coming primarily from surgery. Dr. Robert A. Ehrhard, MD, of Jasper, Indiana, offers a less invasive solution in the form of balloon sinuplasty that can resolve your pain with minimum fuss. To learn more, call Dr. Ehrhard’s office or schedule an appointment online today.

Balloon Sinuplasty Q & A

What is balloon sinuplasty?

Balloon sinuplasty is a procedure carried out by specialist surgeons such as Dr. Ehrhard to relieve the blockage that causes pain and discomfort in people affected by sinusitis. Traditional sinus surgery requires a general anesthetic and the surgical removal of tissue and bone within the nasal cavity, but balloon sinuplasty only requires a local anesthetic and Dr. Ehrhard carries out the procedure at his clinic on an outpatient basis.

How does balloon sinuplasty relieve the symptoms of sinusitis?

The pain of sinusitis is due to pressure in your sinus cavities caused by pus, mucus, and swollen tissues. Dr. Ehrhard can provide relief by removing the pus and mucus blockage using a balloon catheter that opens your sinuses and drains the fluid within. When inflated, the sinus balloon restructures your sinus walls, widening the passageways without damaging the lining of your sinuses.

What happens during a balloon sinuplasty procedure?

Balloon sinuplasty involves a flexible balloon catheter similar to those used by heart surgeons performing angioplasty surgery. You’ll be given a local anesthetic before Dr. Ehrhard inserts the balloon catheter into your inflamed sinus and inflates it to open up the sinus cavity.

He then sprays a saline solution into your sinus that flushes out the trapped pus and mucus. Once your sinus is fully flushed out, Dr. Ehrhard removes the balloon catheter, leaving the sinus open and clear.

What are the advantages of balloon sinuplasty?

There are several major advantages to balloon sinuplasty compared with surgery, including: quick recovery! - NO NASAL PACKING!

Safety

Although surgery is a valuable tool in patient care, general anesthetic and invasive surgeries do carry increased risks, including the possibility of infection and delayed wound healing. Balloon sinuplasty doesn’t require surgical incisions or general anesthetic, making it a safer procedure for sinus patients.

Convenience

You can have your balloon sinuplasty procedure done in Dr. Ehrhard’s clinic under a local anesthetic, so you can avoid having to go to a hospital and stay overnight.

Reduced healing time

It takes far less time to recover from balloon sinuplasty than it does from sinus surgery. Patients can usually return to their normal routine after two days following the procedure, while surgery requires a two week initial recovery period, and several months to heal fully. 

If you’re looking for relief from your chronic sinus pain, call the office of Dr. Robert A. Ehrhard, MD, or book an appointment online today.