Balloon Sinuplasty

Board Certified Otolaryngologist & Rhinologist located in Century City, Los Angeles, CA

Balloon Sinuplasty services offered in Century City, Los Angeles, CA

When you can’t get relief from the congestion, sinus pressure and pain, and debilitating headaches caused by sinusitis, it’s time to learn if you’re a good candidate for balloon sinuplasty. Mani H. Zadeh, MD, FACS, has extensive experience performing minimally invasive balloon sinuplasty procedures in the office, where his patients recover quickly, get fast relief, and express great satisfaction with their long-lasting results. To schedule an appointment, call the office in the Century City neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, or use the online booking feature today.

Balloon Sinuplasty Q&A

What is balloon sinuplasty?

Balloon sinuplasty is an advanced endoscopic (minimally invasive) procedure that treats chronic sinusitis without needing to make an incision or cut tissues.

The procedure immediately relieves your symptoms. You also get long-lasting results as balloon sinuplasty restores normal sinus drainage.

Dr. Zadeh usually performs balloon sinuplasty in the office with a local anesthetic. However, if needed, he can do it under general anesthesia in the hospital.

When would I need balloon sinuplasty?

You may be a good candidate for balloon sinuplasty if you have chronic sinusitis that doesn’t improve with medication and the cause is not a deviated septum or nasal polyps.

Sinusitis occurs when one or more sinuses become inflamed. The inflammation blocks the opening from the sinus into the nasal passages, trapping mucus in the sinus and leading to an infection.

The symptoms of sinusitis include:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Thick yellow or green nasal discharge
  • Sinus headaches
  • Facial pain
  • Earaches
  • Painful and tender sinuses
  • Aching upper teeth
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Throat irritation
  • Bad breath
  • Loss of smell
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue

Sinusitis typically begins with a cold or flu virus or from frequent allergies. The acute sinus infection normally heals in a few weeks. If your symptoms last 12 weeks or longer, you have chronic sinusitis.

During your initial appointment, Dr. Zadeh performs a thorough evaluation, determines the cause of your symptoms, and then recommends the best treatment, which may be balloon sinuplasty.

What should I expect during an in-office balloon sinuplasty?

Dr. Zadeh performs balloon sinuplasty with a thin, flexible endoscope. Using the scope’s light and camera to get a magnified view of your nasal cavities, he guides the scope through your nose to the clogged sinus.  

He then sends a balloon catheter into the sinus and inflates the balloon. The balloon widens the passageway and restores the natural opening. At the same time, the balloon’s pressure restructures the sinus, creating long-lasting results.

After cleansing your sinus, Dr. Zadeh removes the balloon and scope, and your procedure is finished, and you go home.

Most patients return to their normal activities in 24 hours. However, you need to avoid vigorous exercise and nose-blowing for 1-2 days. You may have minor nasal drainage, congestion, or fatigue, but these symptoms improve within a week. 

If ongoing sinus congestion and pain plague you, call the offices of Mani H. Zadeh, MD, FACS, or book an appointment online to learn if you can get relief from balloon sinuplasty.