Service Spotlight: Balloon Sinuplasty®
Balloon Sinuplasty® is a minimally invasive procedure performed by Dr. David Greene that opens sinus passages. It
relieves the pain and pressure associated with chronic sinusitis. It utilizes a small,
flexible, sinus balloon catheter that is placed into the nose to reach the sinuses. The
sinus balloon catheter is gradually inflated to gently restructure the previously blocked
nasal passage, maintaining the integrity of the sinus lining and restoring normal sinus
drainage and function.
There is minimal bleeding, and many patients have been able
to return to normal activities within 24 hours. To better understand how a
Balloon Sinuplasty® works, please
watch the short introductory video
How your Sinuses play a role in your health
The sinuses are air spaces behind the bones of the upper face. They are covered
with a mucus layer and cells that contain little hairs on their surfaces called cilia.
These help trap and push out bacteria and pollutants.
Each sinus has an opening that allows mucous to drain - this drainage is essential
to keeping your sinuses working well and you healthy. Anything that obstructs that
flow may cause a buildup of mucus in the sinuses.
Experts agree that healthy sinuses are a key to a good quality of life and that
unhealthy sinuses may cause some unwanted complications.
If you feel you are having symptoms of Sinusitis, we encourage you to make
an appointment. Call us for an appointment with Dr. David Greene at 239-263-8444.
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Balloon Sinuplasty® Facts
Balloon Sinuplasty® received FDA
clearance in 2005. Over 150,000
patients have had the procedure.
Balloon Sinuplasty® is less invasive
than traditional surgery with minimal
bleeding and low post-op pain.
The duration of the procedure
varies based on each patient.
However, in a study of more than
1,000 patients, the average
procedure time in the operating
room was 73 minutes.
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.
Most insurance companies and
Medicare cover Balloon Sinuplasty®.
To be certain of your sinus surgery
insurance coverage, contact your
insurance provider or call our office
and we can help determine if your policy ocvers this procedure.
To learn more about our insurance options, visit our insurance section of this website.