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Balloon Sinuplasty in Austin and Lakeway

Capital Otolaryngology

As leaders in their field, the sinus surgeons at Capital Otolaryngology helped design the technology for balloon sinuplasty and were some of the first in the world to implement the cutting-edge procedure. Balloon sinuplasty has helped many of our patients unable to find relief from chronic sinusitis to finally break free from painful sinus symptoms and experience long-lasting results. In fact, 95 percent of patients who have the procedure say they would have it again.

An effective, minimally invasive treatment for sinus problems, balloon sinuplasty is performed in our high-tech equipped Central Texas offices as an outpatient procedure. You can return to work or school soon afterward, as there is minimal downtime associated with the procedure.

During the procedure, a tiny balloon catheter is inserted into your nose and the balloon is inflated to clear mucus blockages as well as restructure passageways to allow for better drainage. There are no incisions or removal of any tissue with this technique, unlike with traditional sinus surgery.

Our skilled ENT surgeons often combine balloon sinuplasty with other minimally invasive techniques such as a turbinate reduction to reduce nasal allergies and mouth breathing.

State of the Art Relief for Sinusitis 

Have you forgotten what it’s like to breathe clearly and easily because of chronic sinusitis or other ongoing nasal passage issues? Despite trying a host of medications and treatments do you still experience constant, painful sinus problems? Balloon sinuplasty, one of Capital Otolaryngology’s most advanced procedures, could be the welcome—and long-lasting-- solution you’ve been seeking.  Do your symptoms include:

·   Sinus pressure, congestion or headaches

·   Difficulty breathing through nose

·   “Mouth breathing”

·   Facial pressure or pain—especially around cheeks

·   Sense of smell and/or taste dulled or lost

·   Sore throat from constant nasal discharge

·   Green or yellow nasal mucus

Capital Otolaryngology’s leading sinus surgeons helped design the technology for balloon sinuplasty and were some of the first in the world to implement this innovative procedure. The FDA approved balloon sinuplasty in 2005 and more than 380,000 people have safely experienced this procedure. Many of our patients who were unable to find relief from other treatments have finally achieved lasting results for their painful sinus problems with balloon sinuplasty.

Besides being exceptionally effective, this method is minimally invasive so it can be performed as an out-patient procedure in our state-of-the-art Central Texas offices. You’ll be able to return to work or school quickly because there is little downtime. Patients are so pleased with the results, 95% say they would absolutely do it again.

Balloon Sinuplasty Vs Traditional Sinus Surgery—The Choice is Clear

The differences between the CAPOTO balloon sinuplasty procedure and traditional endoscopic sinus surgery are dramatic when you consider the issues of invasiveness, recovery time, and discomfort levels. In order to enlarge the sinus openings so blockages are cleared and normal sinus drainage can occur, traditional endoscopic surgery involves anesthesia, the removal of bone and tissue, and cauterization. Consequentially there is more discomfort, post-surgical care, risk of infection, and lengthier recovery time.

On the other hand, our balloon sinuplasty is a safe, simple, in-office procedure. First, a tiny balloon catheter is inserted into your nose. The balloon is then slowly inflated in order to gently expand passageways and clear any mucus blockages. No incisions or removal of any tissue are utilized with this innovative technique.

Balloon Sinuplasty Surgery—One Step at a Time

Before we begin the procedure, we make sure you are feeling comfortable and relaxed by administering light sedation by a board certified anesthesiologist.

1. Numb the area

Similar to a routine dental procedure, our comprehensive approach with local anesthesia leaves our patients with very little to no feeling in the nasal area.

2. Inflate the balloon

A tiny balloon is inserted into the clogged sinus passage and then gently inflated to adjust and expand the passage’s shape.

3. Clear the cavity

Any mucus, pus, or other debris will be cleaned out with a saline rinse by your sinus surgeon. After the sinus cavity is cleared, the balloon is removed, leaving an open and clean sinus passage that allows you to breathe freely.


Balloon Sinuplasty Recovery—Easy Come, Easy Go

Since Capital Otolaryngology’s balloon sinuplasty is non-invasive with no stitches, after your procedure you will experience minimal discomfort and follow easy-to-do post-procedure guidance.

  • Your nose and throat area may feel numb for a few hours after your procedure   before the local anesthesia wears off. Despite this sensation, you will still be able to breathe and swallow.

  • Try not to blow your nose for the first 24 hours after the procedure.

  • If you need to sneeze, release it through your mouth.

  • Some light bleeding may occur for a bit after your procedure.

  • Keep your nasal passages moist with saline sprays and saline rinses several times a day.

  • Try to avoid strenuous activity for 24 hours.

  • You are free to resume light activities when you feel ready.

  • After one week, your sinuses will be almost healed, and you should be ready to resume all activity.


More Affordable & More Effective

Now that you’ve learned about all the advantages of balloon sinuplasty, you’re probably interested in how soon you can schedule the procedure and start experiencing better breathing.  Before that step, we know you have questions about how much the procedure costs. Because it is non-evasive and an out-patient procedure, naturally the cost is far less than traditional sinus surgery.  On top of that, most insurance carriers and Medicare cover the costs associated with a balloon sinuplasty. Plus any out-of-pocket charges are much less expensive as well. We will be happy to contact your insurance company for you to review your options.

Remember when you’re mulling the cost of balloon sinuplasty, include other important factors that your sinus problems affect:

  • Think of the time you are not productive or are absent from work

  • How often do you miss family activities and events with your spouse and children

  • How much is the quality of your sleep negatively impacted


Have More Balloon Sinuplasty Questions? We’re Ready to Answer Them

“Can balloon sinuplasty be used for children?”                                                                                                      

“Is balloon sinuplasty a permanent solution?”                                                                                              

“Does balloon sinuplasty limit future treatment options?”  

These and many more questions you might have can be answered in a brief consultation with one of our sinus surgeons.   (By the way, the answers to the questions above are a) yes b) yes c) no.     


If you have been diagnosed with chronic sinusitis, have recurring acute rhinosinusitis, or have suffered from nasal conditions that have not responded to medications, now is the time to discover how balloon sinuplasty can improve your breathing—and your quality of life---for the rest of your life.


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Tired of chronic sinus issues that haven’t responded to medications or other treatments? Request an appointment online or call Capital Otolaryngology today at (512) 339-4040 in Austin or (512) 682-4798 in Lakeway.

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