Balloon Sinuplasty
Dr Leeman Performing Balloon Sinuplasty Procedure

Balloon Sinuplasty: Long-Term Relief 

Suffering from chronic sinus infections can bring life to a halt. They can take away time from work, school, and family. If you have been suffering from sinus infections and can’t find relief, it may be time to discover Balloon Sinuplasty with Dr. Leeman.

I am ready for long-term sinus relief.

What is Balloon Sinuplasty?

Balloon Sinuplasty is a safe and minimally invasive procedure performed in the office and takes around an hour. During Balloon Sinuplasty, Dr. Leeman threads a guide wire equipped with a tiny balloon into the area of the blockage. The balloon is then inflated and removed, opening the sinus cavities so the infection can be cleaned out. 

Sinus CT scan in Austin

Is Balloon Sinuplasty right for me?

If you are constantly suffering from chronic sinus infections or sinusitis symptoms, balloon sinuplasty may be right for you. Common symptoms of chronic sinusitis include:

  • Facial pain, pressure, congestion, or fullness
  • Difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Discharge of yellow or green mucus from the nose
  • Teeth pain
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Bad breath

If you suffer from chronic sinusitis and sinus infection symptoms, you need to learn about Balloon Sinuplasty with Dr. Leeman.

The Balloon Sinuplasty Procedure: 3 Easy Steps

Step 1

A tiny catheter called the sinus guide catheter is placed in the nasal cavity, followed by the sinus illumination system.

Step 2

The sinus balloon is then introduced using the guidewire. Once in place, the balloon is inflated as the sinuses are gently opened.

Step 3

The balloon is removed, the sinuses are flushed, and then the catheter is removed. Normal mucus and airflow should now return.


Balloon Sinuplasty Vs. Traditional Sinus Surgery

The underlying cause of chronic sinusitis is usually a nasal blockage of some sort that results in a lack of drainage. The first step in treating a blockage is medication and home remedies. The next step in the treatment process used to be traditional sinus surgery. However, sinus surgeries involve the removal of bone and tissue, and while effective, may lead to post-operative pain, bleeding, and scarring. Full recovery can take a week or more.

Now we have the minimally invasive Balloon Sinuplasty procedure that can be used to enlarge the natural opening in the sinuses, bringing back natural drainage. 

Balloon Sinuplasty Recovery

Unlike traditional sinus surgery, Balloon Sinuplasty does not involve removing bone or tissue, which means that the recovery time is much shorter than surgery. The recovery time for Balloon Sinuplasty is only 1-2 days. 

Does Balloon Sinuplasty Work?

The Balloon Sinuplasty procedure was FDA approved in 2005, and since then, over half a million people have experienced it. It has a 95% success rate, and people feel relief almost immediately following the procedure.

Not only is it effective, but it’s also safe. There is over a decade of proof backing up its minimal risk for complications and side effects. 

Balloon Sinuplasty can help you save money

Choosing Balloon Sinuplasty over traditional sinus surgery can save you both money and time. You will have minimal time off work, none of the costs associated with surgery in a hospital, no long recovery, and, best of all, Balloon Sinuplasty is covered by most insurances.

Why Should I Choose Dr. Leeman for my Balloon Sinuplasty Procedure?

Dr. Leeman is a double board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon. He is also a member of the American Board of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery. As such, he has been specially trained in the anatomy, physiology, and treatment of diseases of the ear, nose, throat, neck, and head.

With his experience serving the Austin community for nearly 20 years, he has diagnosed and performed many successful procedures to treat these areas of the body, using the most up-to-date techniques—both surgical and non-surgical.

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What is Balloon Sinuplasty?

With traditional sinus surgery, the surgeon removes tissue and bone to make the sinus opening bigger to help clear blocked sinuses and restore proper sinus drainage. Also, recovery after a sinus surgery procedure can often involves carring and pain.

With a Balloon Sinuplasty procedure, the surgeon dilates the sinus openings which can clear up any infection and restore normal drainage. On average, the Balloon Sinuplasty procedure takes around an hour.

Other benefits include:

  • No cutting or removal of tissue or bones like traditional sinus surgery
  • Less bleeding
  • Helps preserve healthy mucus membranes, nasal tissues, and structure
  • Lower infection risk than with traditional sinus surgery
  • 95% success rate

How Much Does Balloon Sinuplasty Cost?

Choosing Balloon Sinuplasty over traditional sinus surgeries can save you both money and time. You will have minimal time off work, none of the costs associated with surgery in a hospital, no long recovery, and, best of all, Balloon Sinuplasty is covered by most insurances. In fact, in 2014, the American Academy of Otolaryngology issued a statement calling for all medical insurance companies to consider providing coverage for the cost of the Balloon Sinuplasty procedure.

However, some insurance companies continue to make it difficult to qualify for Balloon Sinuplasty. Several consider it to be an elective procedure that should not be covered.

To find out if your policy covers Balloon Sinuplasty, contact your insurance company. It is always a good idea to check with your insurance company to be sure you understand all of your plan's features.

Why Should I Choose Dr. Leeman for my Balloon Sinuplasty Procedure

Dr. Leeman is a double board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon. He is also a member of the American Board of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery. As such, he has been specially trained in the anatomy, physiology, and treatment of diseases of the ear, nose, throat, neck, and head.

With his experience serving the Austin community for nearly 20 years, he has diagnosed and performed many successful procedures to treat these areas of the body, using the most up-to-date techniques—both surgical and non-surgical.

If you have any other questions about what Balloon Sinuplasty could do for you, feel free to schedule an appointment and we would be happy to discuss everything in more detail.