How do I find an ENT doctor that is trained in Balloon Sinuplasty™?
What is sinusitis?
What is the difference between chronic sinusitis and allergies or colds?
What are the common symptoms of sinusitis?
What types of doctors treat chronic sinusitis?
How is sinusitis treated?
Is Balloon Sinuplasty cleared for use by Health Canada?
Does Balloon Sinuplasty work?
Is the effect of this procedure permanent or might I have to undergo repeated procedures?
How many people have had the Balloon Sinuplasty procedure?
What are the advantages of the Balloon Sinuplasty over traditional sinus surgery?
How long does symptom relief last after Balloon Sinuplasty?
Is Balloon Sinuplasty safe?
What material is the balloon made from?
What are the risks associated with Balloon Sinuplasty?
How long does the Balloon Sinuplasty procedure take?
Will I require general anesthesia during Balloon Sinuplasty?
How long does it take to recover after Balloon Sinuplasty?
Does Balloon Sinuplasty limit my future sinusitis treatment options?
Is Balloon Sinuplasty right for me?
How much does Balloon Sinuplasty cost?
Is Balloon Sinuplasty covered by a provincial insurance plan, i.e. OHIP (Ontario), MSP (BC)?
Is Balloon Sinuplasty covered by my insurance carrier?
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Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinus lining. If the sinus opening becomes blocked due to this swelling, normal mucus drainage may not occur, and this may lead to recurrent sinus infections and painful symptoms. Sinusitis can be acute, lasting for less than four weeks, or chronic, lasting longer than 12 weeks. When sinus symptoms last longer than 12 weeks, you should see an ENT doctor for a diagnosis.Back to Top
Sinusitis is often preceded by a cold or allergy attack. Colds and allergies can lead to inflamed sinuses, causing the sinus openings to become blocked. This prevents normal mucus drainage and can result in sinusitis.Back to Top
Common symptoms of both acute and chronic sinusitis include:(1)
Many types of physicians including general and family practice physicians, pediatricians, and allergists may prescribe medication for sinusitis. However, if you have chronic sinusitis or if your symptoms do not improve with medication, you may be referred to an Otolaryngologist-Head and Neck surgeon (ENT), who can discuss additional options to treat your chronic sinusitis.Back to Top
Sinusitis can be treated non-surgically with natural therapy such as inhaling steam or using saline nasal sprays, or ENT doctors can prescribe medications such as antibiotics or nasal steroid sprays. However, clinical studies show up to 60% of sinusitis sufferers do not get relief with medication.(2) For patients who do not respond adequately to medications, an ENT doctor may recommend sinus surgery.
Traditional sinus surgery removes bone and tissue to enlarge the sinus opening with the aim of clearing blocked sinuses and restoring normal sinus drainage. With this procedure, sinus surgery recovery is often associated with pain and scarring.
Balloon Sinuplasty is a breakthrough, minimally invasive procedure that ENT doctors use to treat chronic sinusitis. A tiny balloon is placed into the nose to reach the blocked sinuses and then inflated to restructure the sinus opening. The procedure is safe, effective and has a quick recovery.(3)Back to Top
Yes, Balloon Sinuplasty is approved for use by Health Canada.Back to Top
Clinical research confirms that Balloon Sinuplasty provides long-term relief from sinus symptoms by effectively opening blocked sinus passageways.(3)Back to Top
How long your sinuses stay open depends on the extent of your sinus disease or other factors. It is unlikely that you would require repeat procedures, but the procedure may be repeated if your surgeon deems it necessary.Back to Top
More than 150,000 people around the world have experienced Balloon Sinuplasty.Back to Top
Balloon Sinuplasty is less invasive than traditional surgery with minimal bleeding and low post-op pain.(4, 6) Most people can get back to normal activities and work quickly.Back to Top
Results vary by individual. A clinical study of 1,036 patients at multiple institutions reported that sinus symptoms improved in 95% of patients at an average follow-up period of 9 months. (4) In another study, patients reported symptom improvement up to two years after having the procedure.(3)Back to Top
Yes. Clinical studies have shown that Balloon Sinuplasty is safe, minimally invasive, and significantly improves quality of life.(3)Back to Top
The balloon is made from a type of plastic that does not contain latex.Back to Top
Because Balloon Sinuplasty is less invasive than traditional sinus surgery there is a low complication rate. But there are some associated risks, including tissue and mucosal trauma, infection, or possible optic injury. Talk with your doctor about the risks and benefits and to determine whether Balloon Sinuplasty is right for you.Back to Top
Since the duration of the procedure varies, ask your healthcare provider for the most accurate answer. However, in a study of more than 1,000 patients, the average procedure time in the operating room was 73 minutes.(4) None of the patients required an overnight stay at the hospital.Back to Top
Most patients undergo general anesthesia, but an increasing number of ENT doctors perform the procedure in the office, under local anesthesia. Your healthcare provider can best advise you on your anesthesia options.Back to Top
Typically patients go home the same day that they have the procedure. While recovery time will vary from patient to patient, many people can quickly return to normal activities.(5)Back to Top
No. Surgeons may use Balloon Sinuplasty with other medical therapies, and it does not limit future treatment options for patients.Back to Top
It is important to talk to your ENT doctor about all of your sinus treatment options and ask what type of sinus therapy is best for you. If you suffer from chronic sinusitis, and sinus medications have not been effective in relieving your symptoms, you may be a candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty. Fill out our short quiz to find out if you might be a candidate for the procedure.Back to Top
Your cost will vary depending on your insurance coverage. Speak with your insurance company about the cost.Back to Top
No, provincial insurance does not cover Balloon Sinuplasty.Back to Top
To be certain of your sinus surgery insurance coverage, contact your insurance provider to find out your specific policy coverage.Back to Top