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This method opens up the sinuses and ensures they drain normally using a minimally invasive, in-office procedure performed under local anesthesia.

What is chronic sinusitis?

Chronic sinusitis is an extremely common ongoing condition that causes the sinuses to become inflamed and swollen, preventing them from draining and causing mucus to build up. The condition can be caused by a number of factors, including an infection, nasal polyps or a deviated septum. For sinusitis to be considered chronic, it must endure for at least eight weeks despite undergoing appropriate treatment.

The symptoms of chronic sinusitis can be painful and debilitating, and can greatly interfere with your overall quality of life. The most common symptoms of this condition include:

  • Headaches.
  • Pain of the teeth and/or face.
  • Trouble breathing through the nose.
  • Swelling and tenderness around the eyes, nose, cheeks and forehead.
  • Pressure or congestion in the sinuses.
  • Changes or loss of smell or taste.
  • Green or yellow discharge from the nose.
  • Fatigue.
  • Bad breath.
  • Nasal discharge that causes a sore throat.

Balloon Sinuplasty vs. Traditional Sinus Surgery

In the past, chronic sinusitis was treated in the operating room under general anesthesia, while the surgeon removed bone and tissue that prohibited normal sinus drainage.

In this way, the sinuses were opened, allowing them to drain properly. It was a significant surgical procedure that involved a substantial recovery period.

Balloon Sinuplasty, on the other hand, does not require cutting and surgically removing problematic bone and tissue. Using a small, flexible balloon catheter, Dr. Lee opens up the blocked sinus passageways and facilitates the drainage of clogged mucus. Because the procedure is performed in-office under local anesthesia, it leads to a quicker and much easier recovery period.

Baloon Sinuplasty Backgrounder

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An Overview of Balloon Sinuplasty

To begin a balloon sinuplasty in Beverly Hills, Dr. Lee will administer a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort and safety throughout the procedure. From there, she will insert a balloon catheter into the inflamed sinus, where she will inflate the balloon to expand the sinus opening. This restructures and widens the walls of the sinus passageway, ensuring long-term relief from sinus disease symptoms. Dr. Lee will then spray saline into the inflamed sinuses to flush out pus and mucus that has accumulated in the area, before removing the balloon catheter.

What to Expect During Recovery

As a less invasive in-office procedure, you can expect a quick recovery period with minimal discomfort after your Balloon Sinuplasty. Because the procedure only requires a local anesthetic, you will be able to drive yourself home afterwards to begin the healing process. Immediately after surgery, you may experience fatigue, minor swelling and some pain, though it will all be manageable with rest and your prescribed pain medication. In most cases you will be able to resume work and your normal daily activities within two days, and strenuous exercise within one week, though Dr. Lee will provide you with personalized guidance during your post-operative appointments.

Insurance Disclaimer

Insurance In some cases, a patient’s procedure is medically necessary and therefore covered by insurance. Provided you have given us your insurance information, we will happily file a claim to help get the coverage you deserve. Due to our electronic filing process, your insurance will receive your claim within only days of treatment. However, if your insurance does not pay within 30 days, you will be responsible for the balance on your account.

While we file your medical insurance, we do not have a contract with your insurance nor are we responsible for your insurance company’s response to the claim. Our primary responsibility lies in estimating your cost of treatment, and we do not guarantee that your insurance will provide coverage. Further, we are not responsible for errors incurred during the filing process.

Please ensure our information is up to date regarding your insurance policy. This information includes insurance company address, policy name, and change of employment.

Schedule your private consultation with Dr. Kimberly J. Lee today

If you’re suffering from chronic sinusitis symptoms that interfere with your quality of life, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kimberly Lee today for among the best results with balloon sinuplasty in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles. During your meeting, she will provide a full physical examination, as well as compose a custom surgical plan designed to open up your sinuses in the most minimally invasive way possible, offering long-lasting and profound symptom relief.

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FAQ

Is balloon sinuplasty safe?

What are the risks associated with balloon sinuplasty?

How long does the procedure take?

Is balloon sinuplasty covered by insurance?

What material is used to make the balloon?

Is balloon sinuplasty safe?

Balloon sinuplasty was cleared by the FDA in 2005 and has quickly become a popular, non-invasive procedure for improving breathing and overall quality of life. Nearly 400,000 clients have undergone balloon sinuplasty successfully.

What are the risks associated with balloon sinuplasty?

Balloon sinuplasty is minimally invasive and has a low rate of complications. Choosing a well-trained, experienced doctor will ensure your safety and the quality of your results. Risks with balloon sinuplasty may include trauma to the tissue and mucosa, infection, or optic injury. Your surgeon can determine if balloon sinuplasty is a good fit for you during your private consultation.

How long does the procedure take?

The average procedure time for balloon sinuplasty is around an hour and a half. Your doctor can better estimate your exact treatment length after performing a physical evaluation during your consultation. Patients will not be required to stay overnight.

Is balloon sinuplasty covered by insurance?

Because balloon sinuplasty is deemed medically necessary, most insurance carriers will cover the treatment, although you should check with your individual policy to make sure.

What material is used to make the balloon?

If you have a latex allergy, there is no cause for alarm. The balloon used in surgery is not made from latex but rather a different type of plastic. All materials used in the treatment were approved by the FDA in 2005.

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