An estimated 37 million Americans suffer from sinusitis. This inflammation of the sinuses is most often the result of a viral infection; symptoms include sore throat, congestion, facial pain and pressure, coughing, bad breath and fatigue. Medications and home remedies can bring relief, but sometimes surgery is the best option.

Traditional endoscopic sinus surgery requires cutting and removal of bone and tissue, and a lengthy recovery. Balloon sinuplasty, by contrast, is a minimally-invasive, FDA-approved procedure that is quick, painless and carries a much lower risk of postoperative complications or side effects.

The operation is performed in an outpatient setting using local anesthesia. A balloon catheter is inserted into the sinus cavity and inflated. Debris is flushed from the sinuses with saline solution and the catheter is removed.

Balloon sinuplasty can be effective but may not be right for every patient. Contact Willamette Ear, Nose & Throat to determine if it’s right for you.