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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 BALLOON SINUPLASTY By Anna Alfaro 8th What is balloon sinuplasty? Unlike traditional sinus surgery, balloon sinuplasty requires no cutting and no removal of bone or tissue. BSP uses a small, flexible balloon catheter to open up blocked sinus passage ways and facilitate drainage of the mucus that builds up in patients suffering from chronic sinus symptoms. PROCEDURE 1 A balloon catheter is inserted into the inflamed sinus. The balloon is inflated to expand the sinus opening. 2 Saline is sprayed into the inflamed sinus to flush out pus and mucous. double click to change this header text! 3 The system is removed leaving the sinus open. When the balloon inflates, it restructures and widens the walls of the sinus passage while maintaining the integrity of the sinus lining. 4 Is BSP right for you? If youve experienced pain/pressure, sinus headaches, discharge of yellow or green mucous from the nose, congestion, and a decreased sense of smell that you havent been able to getrid of with medication, then you may be eligible for BPS. Pre and Post Patient Care Pre patient care: As a patient you may be given medications before the surgery. Youare not allowed to smoke, drink alcohol, or eat the night before the surgery. You can brush your teeth and are allowed to take basic medications.Post patient care: After the surgery you will spend a few hours in a recovery room to allow you to wake up from anesthesia. You can expect red drainage from the nose. It should turn lighter from day to day over a span of 10-14 days. You may experiencetemporary swelling of tissues in the nasal cavities as well as a temporary feeling of congestion and fullness in your nose and sinuses. Complications/Risks Because BSP is less invasive than traditional sinus surgery, there is a low complication rate.But there are some associatedrisks, including tissue and mucosal trauma, infection, or possible optic injury. Equiptment Used In order to do this procedure doctors thread a guide wire, use a tiny balloon, and saline. You will also be under anesthesia. Expected Outcome By undergoing BSP, you can expect treated chronic sinus problems.
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