In-Office Balloon Sinuplasty

West Shore ENT & Allergy

Otolaryngology & Allergy Specialists located in Norton Shores, Muskegon, Grand Haven, Fremont, & Ludington, MI

Coping with symptoms of serious sinus conditions like chronic sinusitis and allergic rhinitis can affect your daily performance at school, work, and home. The ear, nose, and throat experts at West Shore ENT & Allergy can help relieve your symptoms with nonsurgical balloon sinuplasty. If you’d like to speak with an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist about your sinus condition, book an appointment at one of the offices in Norton Shores, Grand Haven, Fremont, Ludington, or Muskegon, Michigan, by phone or online.

In-Office Balloon Sinuplasty Q & A

What is balloon sinuplasty?

Balloon sinuplasty is a nonsurgical solution to a nasal blockage that requires no cutting or removal of bone. Balloon sinuplasty uses a flexible balloon catheter to gently unblock the sinus passageways and relieve you of uncomfortable symptoms. 

The team at West Shore ENT & Allergy perform balloon sinuplasty in their offices allowing you to seek convenient treatment with very little downtime.

Am I a good candidate for balloon sinuplasty?

Balloon sinuplasty is ideal for patients with serious and chronic sinus conditions. If your prescribed medication has had little or no effect on your condition, balloon sinuplasty is an excellent alternative to invasive sinus surgery.

What is sinusitis?

Sinusitis is a condition that results in inflammation of the lining of the sinuses. Nasal inflammation prevents mucus from draining properly, causing it to build up in the sinuses.

Chronic sinusitis describes nasal inflammation that lasts for three months or longer. Symptoms of sinusitis include:

  • Discolored nasal discharge
  • Postnasal drainage
  • Congestion
  • Sinus pressure
  • Facial pain and tenderness
  • Sore throat
  • Bad breath

Chronic sinusitis can be caused by a number of underlying conditions, including allergies, respiratory infections, and physical obstructions like a deviated septum.

Allergic rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis — hay fever — is an allergic reaction that causes sinus pressure, itchy eyes, sneezing, and congestion. 

Allergic rhinitis can be triggered by a number of allergens like pollen, animal dander, and dust. Prolonged nasal congestion can lead to inflammation of the sinuses, resulting in sinusitis.

The ENT specialists at West Shore ENT & Allergy will provide you with a proper diagnosis and timely treatment to relieve your symptoms.

What should I expect during my balloon sinuplasty?

Your doctor begins the procedure by applying a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area. They then insert a small, flexible balloon catheter into the inflamed sinus. The balloon is gently inflated, expanding the sinus passageway. 

Your doctor then sprays saline into the inflamed sinus, clearing it of any backed-up mucus and pus. Once your doctor has successfully cleared your sinus, they remove the catheter, leaving you with open sinuses.

If your sinus condition has not cleared up with prescription medication, book an appointment by phone or online to speak with a specialist about nonsurgical balloon sinuplasty.