A groundbreaking treatment for reducing the symptoms of sinusitis
For many patients with sinusitis, antibiotics and steroids have failed to get to the root problem, and they are seeking a more effective way to regain quality of life. Balloon Sinuplasty (BSP) is a minimally invasive and innovative technique for opening up the drainage pathways in the nose, helping to reduce painful facial pressure and debilitating sinus headaches. With BSP, no bone or tissue is removed, and treatment can be performed in-office with a local anesthetic.
What is Balloon Sinuplasty?
Balloon sinuplasty is a recent breakthrough in endoscopic sinus surgery. It is a safe, effective, and less invasive surgical technique to treat chronic sinusitis and sinus pain symptoms, with fast recovery time for patients. Our goal is to deliver great results with balloon sinuplasty in Los Angeles, reducing the number and severity of sinus infections and improve the symptoms of sinusitis overall, including:
- Pain and tenderness of the sinuses
- Sinus headaches
- Facial pain
- Aching upper teeth
- Nasal congestion
- Thick yellow or green nasal discharge
- Post-nasal drip
- Throat irritation
- General malaise and fatigue
What is in-office Balloon Sinuplasty
Dr. Zadeh is one of the first Los Angeles sinus surgeons to offer balloon sinuplasty on-site in the doctor's surgical suite. In-Office Balloon Sinuplasty™ is an immediate and minimally invasive method to address recurrent or persistent sinus problems without surgical knives or incisions of any sort. This fast procedure helps to minimize discomfort and recovery, allowing patients to return to work or school the same day the procedure is performed.
Benefits of in-office balloon sinuplasty include:
- It can be performed with local anesthesia
- Performed in comfortable in-office surroundings
- Fast patient recovery
- Safely opens blocked sinus passageways
- Provides long-term relief from sinusitis symptoms
Balloon Sinuplasty (BSP) is a minimally invasive and innovative technique for opening up the drainage pathways in the nose, helping to reduce painful facial pressure and debilitating sinus headaches.
What is the science behind balloon sinuplasty?
Balloon sinuplasty’s cutting-edge technology extends the sinus treatment evolution by offering the surgeon additional tools for endoscopic surgery. It uses a small, flexible sinus balloon catheter to open up blocked sinus passageways, similar to the way angioplasty uses balloons to open blocked coronary arteries.
When the sinus balloon is inflated, it gently restructures and widens the walls of the passageway while maintaining the integrity of the sinus. This restores normal sinus drainage and function while preserving the anatomical structure and mucosal tissue.
Whether it involves surgery or alternative treatment options, Dr. Zadeh will individually tailor your treatment plan for your condition.
What are the steps of balloon sinuplasty?
- You will receive either local or general anesthesia to ensure your comfort during treatment.
- An endoscope (thin camera rod with a light at the end to provide visualization and magnification) is used to directly view the nasal cavity and sinuses.
- Working endoscopically through the nose, the surgeon threads a catheter into the sinus cavity.
- A small balloon is passed over the catheter into the sinus.
- As the balloon is inflated, it gently restructures and widens the walls of the sinus passageway while maintaining the integrity of the sinus.
- Under direct visualization, the natural drainage pathways of the sinuses are opened.
- The patient is discharged to go home when the effects of the anesthesia have worn off after surgery.
What are the
- Minimally invasive with no scarring
- FDA-approved procedure
- No bone or tissue removed from the nose
- Preservation of natural sinus openings
- Long-term relief from sinusitis symptoms
- Helps to prevent future sinus infections
- Swift recovery, usually within 1-3 days
- High rate of patient satisfaction with the procedure
- Cost-effective treatment
- Enhanced quality of life and peace of mind
Who should avoid balloon sinuplasty?
Not all patients are candidates for this type of sinus surgery. For example, balloon sinuplasty is not effective for removing nasal polyps or in patients with extensive scarring of the sinus openings. Neither is this technique effective in treating ethmoid sinusitis, affecting the small sinuses located on each side of the nose between the eyes.
What can I expect from recovery?
While balloon sinuplasty may sound like a complicated procedure, it is actually quite non-invasive. Most patients can return to their normal activities within 24 hours after their appointment. You should take care to avoid vigorous exercise or nose-blowing in the first day or two. Minor discharge, drainage, fatigue, or congestion may occur after your treatment, but these symptoms tend to disappear within less than a week.
What is the cost of
Surgeries performed in-office tend to cost a fraction of what they do in hospitals. Balloon sinuplasty can also save you money by solving your sinus issues in a more long-lasting way than medications can. We will present you with a customized quote at the time of your consultation, informing you of your options for insurance and financing. Rest assured that balloon sinuplasty is an important investment in your quality of life, as not being able to breathe properly can take a serious toll on your peace of mind.
What Is Functional Endoscopic
FESS is a minimally-invasive surgical technique that utilizes endoscopes to provide increased accuracy during a nasal procedure. The endoscope device makes it possible to view the significant structures of the nose, including all the sinuses, with greater ease. This is especially helpful in the diagnostic phase of treatment, and can also help to better preserve healthy tissue during the removal of an obstruction. Surgery is performed on an outpatient basis and typically has a shorter recovery period than with other approaches.
When Should Fess Be Performed?
FESS is not considered a “cure” for sinusitis, but it is an option for patients who suffer from chronic sinus issues that have not responded to medical treatments. Before FESS can be considered, the patient must undergo diagnostic testing, including a nasal exam and CT scan of the sinuses, along with a thorough review of the client’s medical history. For those who have endured long-standing symptoms of pain, infection, blockage, polyps, headaches and sleeplessness, FESS can be effective in improving discomfort and helping the patient to regain their quality of life.
FESS may be indicated when the following conditions exist:
- Deviated septum
- Four or more acute sinusitis incidents per year
- Sinusitis that lasts more than 90 days
- Nasal polyps
- Sinusitis that does not respond to antibiotics or other medications
- Enlarged nasal turbinates
What Are The Steps Of
- The patient is made comfortable with general anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation. No pain is felt during FESS surgery.
- The doctor will insert the endoscope into the nostril, providing images of any obstructions within the nose.
- The doctor will precisely and conservatively remove any polyps or blockages that are impairing proper breathing and nasal drainage.
- The recovery period begins, during which the client may experience minor swelling and discomfort for about 7 days. After one week, most patients can resume normal activities with their breathing very much improved.
Why choose Dr. Zadeh?
Dr. Zadeh is a Board Certified Otolaryngologist-Head and Neck Surgeon, recognized by his peers as a leader in his field. He has extensive experience in minimally invasive image-guided surgical approaches and uses the latest and most advanced medical and surgical techniques to treat sinus disease.
If you suffer from chronic sinusitis, the first step toward obtaining relief from your symptoms is to schedule an initial consultation at Los Angeles Sinus Institute.
Dr. Zadeh reserves surgery for cases in which it is the most appropriate and effective treatment, and strives to deliver the best balloon sinuplasty in Los Angeles. Whether it involves surgery or alternative treatment options, Dr. Zadeh will individually tailor the most effective, least invasive treatment plan for your condition.
Real Patient Testimonial
Hi Dr. Zadeh,
It has not quite been a year since my balloon sinuplasty, but I felt compelled to thank you for everything that you have done. I remember first coming to you, absolutely desperate, as I had sinusitis for nearly all of my life, causing me to have a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy at 2 and 1/2 years of age. From there, I proceeded through many years of antibiotics, nasal sprays, and most tragically, flare-ups every 6-8 weeks, causing me to feel sick for weeks on end. After reaching a breaking point at around 35 years old, I proceeded investigating surgical options, seeing 5-6 ENT’s and 2 surgeons.
Finally, my primary care physician suggested that I contact you. Your approach was methodical and meticulous, starting with a conservative course of treatment—antibiotics, sprays, allergy shots etc. Because I did not have too much luck with those treatments, we proceeded with the in-office balloon sinuplasty. The procedure was a breeze, taking about 2 hours in the office, with no pain and only mild discomfort for a few hours. Hillary was nothing less than amazing during the procedure—she was both nurturing and knowledgeable, a fantastic combination.
Since the procedure on 12/9/11, I have not had any sinus issues. I am hesitant to mention this, as I am scared to jinx my good fortune. My true good fortune, however, was finding you as a doctor. I thank you for your distinctive approach to medicine; I thank you for honoring and respecting your patients; I thank you for fixing my sinuses; I thank you for making me happy. You are my hero.
Very truly yours,
– Jennifer M.
Balloon Sinuplasty FAQs
What is Sinusitis?
Sinusitis is the inflammation of the tissue lining of the sinuses. This condition is often the underlying cause of chronic, allergy-like symptoms. These sinus cavities have air-filled pockets that have a tissue lining called mucosa, which produces mucus. For those that suffer from sinusitis, the mucosa becomes inflamed and releases excess mucus that is thicker, leading to infection.
If you live with chronic sinusitis, it takes a heavy toll on your quality of life. Many experience acute symptoms that can last up to four weeks. Those that experience more severe and longer-lasting symptoms can suffer for several months.
Will I Be in Pain After the Procedure?
A balloon sinuplasty can be comfortably performed under local or topical anesthetics. Every patient has a different level of comfort when it comes to tolerating pain. Any discomfort you feel following the procedure could vary depending on the sinus operated on and if you require any additional sinus or nasal treatments.
If you are worried about the level of pain you might experience, we can discuss your options. We pride ourselves on ensuring patient comfort in every procedure.
What is the Material of the Balloon Made Of?
A balloon sinuplasty is safe for anyone who has an allergy to latex. The balloon material is made from plastic, with no concerns for those who may have an allergic reaction.
Can Balloon Sinuplasty be Used in Children?
Pediatric sinusitis is quite common in children. Many children are treated with antibiotics which either don’t resolve the condition or can become less effective over time. Balloon sinuplasty can provide relief to children suffering from chronic sinusitis, greatly improving quality of life and avoiding the overuse of antibiotics. Balloon sinuplasty is a safe and effective treatment for symptoms in children. As the treatment is less invasive than traditional sinus surgery, there is a very low complication rate.
Can I Drive After Treatment?
The majority of patients are able to drive themselves home after balloon sinuplasty. You may choose to have someone drive you for your own comfort or should plan for help if you had a stronger anesthetic that could make driving unsafe.
Do I Need to Take Off Work?
Balloon sinuplasty is minimally invasive and is typically performed on an outpatient basis. There is usually no external change to a patient’s appearance that others will notice – the changes are within the nose structure. Recovery time can vary by patient, but most people can return to their normal routines within 24 hours after surgery.
How Effective is a Balloon Sinuplasty?
Research shows that balloon sinuplasty provides long-term relief from sinus symptoms by opening the blocked passageways. It has dramatically improved the quality of life of patients who have suffered from chronic sinus problems. Balloon sinuplasty will not need to be repeated in the future.
Will My Nose Be Packed with Gauze?
New technologies have eliminated the need for nasal packing post balloon sinuplasty surgery. After balloon sinuplasty, it is common to experience some bloody drainage for the first couple of days after you have the procedure. The drainage quickly reduces, and there is no need to suffer from unpleasant packing within your nose.
Can I Stop Using Nasal Sprays After Balloon Sinuplasty?
There are several different nasal sprays that doctors recommend — some for inflammation and allergies and others for infection. Talk with your doctor to understand why you have been prescribed the nasal spray and whether you need to continue using the product.