Balloon Sinuplasty: Adopted nationwide by thousands of ENT doctors
Balloon Sinuplasty has been adopted nationwide by thousands of ENT doctors and has been performed safely on over 300,000 patients with excellent long term results. CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat was the first practice in Charlotte to perform these Balloon Sinuplasty procedures in the comfort of the office and remains the leader in the area of minimally invasive treatment of allergic and sinus conditions. Using only topical/local anesthetic, we can treat your sinus disease by gently dilating the sinus outflow tracts with a balloon catheter. Our surgeons are trained and experienced to perform this procedure in the office. This option offers a multitude of benefits from ease of recovery to immediate results.
Reasons Balloon Sinuplasty might be right for you
Local Anesthesia – We are able to avoid using general anesthesia and all the side effects that may come with it.
Reduced Pain & Bleeding
As an alternative to traditional sinus surgery, Balloon sinuplasty provides many of the benefits of the standard sinus surgery with less pain and bleeding.
By using the office setting with topical anesthesia, the recovery is almost immediate and there is no need to stop medications. Plus, patients can generally function normally immediately after the procedure.
With a quick recovery and high success rate, we are able to offer our patients the best of both worlds. This procedure allows us to avoid repeated antibiotic use and greatly reduce the need for further sinus surgery.
By avoiding hospital costs and missed work, some patients qualify for significant savings by having this procedure performed in the office setting.
Real Balloon Sinuplasty patient story: Carrie – Chronic sinusitis patient
Now, I wake up in the morning and do normal things like everyone else does. I make my morning coffee, eat and drink whatever I want to, and only take Clarinex® during allergy season. If I forget to take it, it’s no big deal. I don’t have to worry about anything, and I feel like a regular person!
Frequently Asked Questions: Sinusitis & Balloon Sinuplasty
What are the symptoms of sinusitis?
Most patients have symptoms varying from pressure headaches, facial pain and tenderness, nasal congestion, cough, fever and fatigue. Sinusitis is often preceded by an upper respiratory infection or allergy attack which inflames and obstructs the sinus drainage passages. Many factors can predispose someone to sinusitis: anatomy, allergies, sensitivity to pollutants in the air, or immune system factors.
What should I do if I have these symptoms frequently?
Make an appointment with CornerStone Ear, Nose and Throat! We will perform a detailed history and physical evaluation to assess causes and risk factors. The exam will likely include a nasal endoscopy to view the nasal structures and airway or they may order a CT scan to assess the structural issues. This will greatly assist us as we inspect the quality of the sinuses and look for other causes, such as nasal polyps, enlarged turbinates or a deviated septum.
What is Balloon Sinuplasty?
Balloon Sinuplasty is a breakthrough procedure that can be performed under local anesthesia in the office. In select patients it relieves the pain and pressure associated with chronic sinusitis. This procedure uses a small balloon to expand the blocked sinus openings, thereby providing relief from uncomfortable and painful sinusitis symptoms, allowing access of topical medications into the sinuses and preventing the build-up of mucus which precedes the sinus infection. It is a quick and effective procedure that requires minimal recovery time. Studies showed improvement in 95% of patients who had Balloon Sinuplasty.
How long does symptom relief last after the procedure with Balloon Sinuplasty technology?
Most chronic sinusitis patients report clinically meaningful improvement in sinus symptoms and quality of life for at least 2 years following the procedure, and our experience is that once the anatomic blockage is resolved, symptomatic relief typically persists indefinitely.
How long does it take to recover from this procedure?
While recovery time will vary from patient to patient, many people can return to normal activities within 24 hours after the procedure.
Are Balloon Sinuplasty devices safe?
Nationwide, Balloon Sinuplasty has been adopted by thousands of ENT doctors and has been performed safely on over 300,000 patients with excellent long term results. Complications from or after Balloon Sinuplasty are rare.
Are Balloon Sinuplasty devices covered by Medicare?
Yes. Medicare covers endoscopic sinus surgery when any combination of tools, including a balloon catheter, is used to perform the procedure.
Are Balloon Sinuplasty devices covered by other insurance carriers?
Most insurance companies cover sinus surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty™ devices. To be certain of your coverage, contact your insurance provider to find out your specific coverage policy.