Balloon Sinus Dilation

Relief that lasts, without a lengthy recovery

Balloon Sinus Dilation is a treatment for Chronic Sinusitis and related conditions that cause obstructions in the passageways of the nose and sinus. Balloons gently open passageways by pushing tissues aside so that the sinuses can properly drain and breathing functions improve. If you suffer from chronic sinus infections or other related conditions, your procedure may be covered in part or entirely. We work with most insurance providers to ensure that all our patients have access to the treatments they will benefit from the most.

How it works



Your physician first locates the sinus area to be treated.



The device is carefully positioned.



Your physician gently inflates the small balloon and dilates the treatment area to restore drainage. The balloon is removed from the treatment area.

Effective and Safe

Balloon Sinus Dilation is a safe and effective sinus procedure for chronic sinusitis patients seeking relief from uncomfortable sinus pain symptoms.

If managing your symptoms with ongoing rounds of medical intervention isn’t working and having traditional sinus surgery isn’t something that fits your busy lifestyle, then you should consider Balloon Sinus Dilation.

Major Benefits of Balloon Sinus Dilation Include:

  • Shorter recovery period compared with surgery

  • Less Expensive than invasive surgery

  • No general anesthesia is required 

  • Return home the same day

  • Can be performed in office

  • As effective as traditional sinus surgery

With Balloon Sinus Dilation, there is no cutting of nasal bone or tissue. More than 420,000 patients suffering from chronic sinusitis symptoms have been treated by ear, nose and throat doctors using Balloon Sinus Dilation. While recovery time varies with each patient, recovery is typically fast. In a study of in-office balloon dilation, most patients returned to work and normal activity within 2 days.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is in-office balloon sinuplasty?

Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive treatment for chronic or recurrent sinusitis. In a balloon sinuplasty procedure, your physician uses a small balloon to dilate or expand the sinus opening and drainage pathways to restore sinus drainage. Balloon sinuplasty can be performed in an office, under local anesthesia.

How does balloon sinuplasty work to treat chronic or recurrent sinusitis?

In chronic and recurrent sinusitis, blocked sinus drainage pathways can prevent effective drainage and healing. When first line medication therapies fail to resolve symptoms and inflammation, or patients experience multiple bouts of sinusitis, balloon sinuplasty may be an appropriate treatment option. The goal of balloon sinuplasty is to expand the sinus openings and drainage pathways in order to aid drainage and promote healing. After locating the treatment area and applying local anesthesia, your physician will place the small balloon, inflate the balloon to dilate the treatment area, and then deflate and remove the balloon.

How long does the balloon sinuplasty procedure take?

Procedure length is dependent on your specific condition and anatomy. You should expect to spend around one and a half to two hours at the office, to allow time for pretreatment preparation and post treatment examination. Consult your physician to better understand the details of your procedure.

What are the benefits of an in office balloon sinuplasty procedure?

Office based procedures performed under local anesthesia allow you to avoid the negative effects, costs or risks associated with general anesthesia.

Will the procedure require any anesthesia?

Balloon sinuplasty can be performed under local anesthesia, in an office. In certain circumstances, balloon sinuplasty may also be used in combination with modern sinus surgery tools. In these instances, it may be performed in an operating room, under general anesthesia.

How quickly after treatment can I return to normal activities?

Many patients can resume normal activities immediately. Your doctor may recommend you refrain from very strenuous activities (such as heavy lifting) for a week after the treatment.

Are there any potential risks and complications associated with balloon sinuplasty?

As with any medical intervention, potential risks and complications exist with balloon sinuplasty. All patients should consult their doctors to determine if their conditions present any special risks. Your physician will review potential complications of balloon sinuplasty at consultation. Possible side effects include but are not limited to post-operative bleeding; pain and swelling; allergic reaction to anesthesia or other medications administered during the procedure; or infection. Your condition may not respond to this treatment.

Is balloon sinuplasty suitable for everyone?

Only your physician can tell you if balloon sinuplasty is a viable option to treat your sinusitis. Experience has shown that many patients with recurring or persistent sinusitis can be treated with balloon sinuplasty.