A Newport Beach Balloon Sinuplasty may be a great choice for a patient if he or she suffers from acute sinusitis. Sinusitis leaves people feeling as if their noses are constantly plugged and may give them pain and headaches. Patients who do not experience relief with medications alone may want to opt for balloon sinuplasty rather than traditional sinuplasty methods because of the lower risk of complications and the faster recovery time.
In traditional Newport Beach sinuplasties, patients must have their nasal tissues and bones cut to allow the surgeon entrance to the sinus passages. In balloon sinuplasty, however, no tissues are cut, and the procedure is done with a simple balloon mechanism. The procedure is often done in the OR for safety reasons but can be performed in a doctor’s office. First, the balloon catheter is inserted up the nasal passages and into the afflicted sinus cavity. Second, the balloon is expanded to increase the size of the nasal passage. Third, a saline spray is injected through the catheter into the sinus cavity to loosen and remove any accumulated drainage via the catheter. Finally, the catheter is removed. The patient may experience a small amount of pain following the procedure, but can generally return to normal daily activities two days following the Newport Beach sinuplasty.
Other benefits of a balloon sinuplasty include a low percentage of complications and cost savings. General anesthesia does not have to be used; rather, local anesthesia is used. In addition, there is decreased the incidence of bleeding, nerve damage, and infection because no incisions are made. Because of the shorter, less complicated procedure, the cost for a balloon sinuplasty is significantly less than that of a traditional sinuplasty.
While many cosmetic surgery procedures are not covered by insurance, balloon sinuplasty normally is because it is performed for health reasons and for pain reduction rather than for looks. However, patients are encouraged to check with their insurance policy before the procedure. The staff at OC Cosmetic Surgery Clinique in Newport Beach, California, is happy to assist patients who do not have insurance coverage with a workable payment plan.