What is balloon sinus dilation?
A sinus balloon similar to a heart catheter is placed through the nose into each sinus and inflated to dilate the sinus opening so that it does not clog when your nose gets stuffy.
Who is an ideal patient?
Those with chronic and repeat sinus infections where medications are not controlling or preventing the symptoms are ideal patients. Facial pressure over the sinuses that disturbs sleep often resolves after this procedure.
How much experience does Dr. Rosner have with the balloon procedure?
Dr. Rosner has performed hundreds of balloon procedures. He has traveled all around the United States to learn the best techniques. He has developed this into a safe and effective procedure.
What happens on the procedure day?
For this in-office procedure, patients eat a normal breakfast and a light lunch. Gatorade is recommended with breakfast for good hydration. Patients are given oral medication for sedation. They then undergo a five-step numbing process, which includes numbing spray gels and injections. Patients are observed after the procedure until they are deemed ready to go home. Many patients sleep for a while after the procedure until the oral sedation has worn off.
Is this painful?
Most patients find the procedure easier than a dental filling. They typically take little or no pain medication after the procedure.
What is recovery like?
Patients are sleepy the day of the procedure and are asked not to drive for 24 hours. A drip pad is placed under the nose until oozing stops.
Will this require packing in the nose?
No, Dr. Rosner uses endoscopic techniques that do not require packing.