Balloon Sinuplasty vs. Traditional Sinus Surgery
It is rare to find a piece that tackles the question of balloon sinuplasty versus traditional sinus surgery head-on. There are, after all, several factors which can influence decisions such as these, including the individual patient’s history as well as her anatomy, health profile and prognosis.
This piece gamely dives into the fray regardless, and manages to make a number of valid points about the differences between conventional sinus surgery and its minimally invasive, balloon-based counterpart. My favorite:
Every person has different strengths and weaknesses, so if on one hand balloon sinuplasty enables recovery generally within 24 to 48 hours, traditional surgery would require more time. Doctors suggest that patients need at least seven days to undergo traditional surgery and recover from it.
[T]he new improved method of balloon sinuplasty is far less invasive and can make life easier for sinusitis patients and they can live an unstressed wholesome life.
I don’t know about the word “wholesome,” per se – that’s more about your decisions than your doctor’s. But to the larger point, it is true that minimally invasive balloon sinuplasty is easier to recover from, and that it is overwhelmingly considered safe.