What Should You Expect After Balloon Sinuplasty?
Excited by the positive impact a balloon sinuplasty could have on your chronic sinusitis, but not sure what the recovery and post-procedure period entails? Find out what you should expect after your balloon sinuplasty, so you take the next step towards ending your sinus issues.
What is balloon sinuplasty?
In this innovative procedure to treat chronic sinusitis, a small, flexible, balloon catheter is inserted into the inflamed sinus and inflated to expand the sinus opening. Saline is then sprayed into the inflamed sinus to flush out the pus and mucus that has built up. Finally, the system is removed and the sinuses remain open. The inflated balloon restructures and widens the walls of the sinus passageways, while keeping the integrity of the sinus lining.
What will happen after my balloon sinuplasty?
Since balloon sinuplasty
is a minimally-invasive nonsurgical procedure, patients typically do not report the negative side effects often associated with traditional sinus surgery. However, you should be prepared for:
- Some bloody drainage for the first few days. (The drainage amount will decrease and it will lighten in color quickly.)
- Minimal nasal swelling in the first few days, similar to congestion.
- Some fatigue for a week after the procedure.
- Most patients can return to normal activities and work within two days.
- After your procedure, your doctor will also have certain recommendations including:
- Refraining from blowing your nose for 24 hours.
- Avoiding strenuous activity for a week. (Moderate exercise is acceptable)
- Rinsing your nasal passages with saline spray for up to a week after the procedure to keep your nose lubricated and prevent additional bleeding and complications.
After healing from the procedure, most patients enjoy a rapid and long-lasting relief of sinus symptoms such as pain, pressure, and congestion thanks to the opening of their sinus passages.