Balloon sinuplasty(BSP) represents a paradigm shift in the surgical treatment of sinusitis. It is a minimally invasive method of enlarging the openings into the sinuses, helping to reduce the frequency and intensity of sinusitis. The balloon sinuplasty procedure can make a significant improvement in patients with chronic or recurrent sinusitis. Facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Matthew Bridges is a Richmond Balloon Sinuplasty Specialist trained and certified in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, which allows him to confidently perform this breakthrough surgery at his office in Midlothian, VA.
Balloon Sinuplasty Reviews
"Hi Dr. Bridges! It's been almost a year since you performed my balloon sinuplasty and I have not had a sinus infection or migraine since! It is AMAZING!!! My sinuses remain clear, I can breathe and my sense of smell/taste has returned to normal. I no longer have to live on Mucinex or other allergy medications to help promote sinus drainage especially during allergy season."- Anonymous / Office Visit / Aug 09, 2013
"I have recommended this procedure (and you) to many people who suffer as I did. I've even told other physicians to recommend this procedure to their patients with chronic sinusitis. It is truly amazing living without the constant headaches/migraines. I only wish I had done this sooner. I can't thank you enough! - Chesterfield, VA"- Anonymous / Office Visit / Jul 13, 2013
"I am so glad I decided to go forward with my revision surgery. I had a deviated septum procedure years ago that made my breathing worse and caused curvature in my nose that always bothered me. Dr. Bridges did what I thought was not possible. My breathing has drastically improved and my nose is completely straight and back to what I had before my injury. He is so meticulous and takes pride in his work. I wish I had done it years ago and am very grateful to Dr. Bridges. - Richmond, VA"- Anonymous / Office Visit / Apr 21, 2012
"I am very pleased with Dr. Bridges and the staff at Commonwealth ENT; they are all great. I have suffered with sinus infections for numerous years. Dr. Bridges reviewed my Sinus CT Scan and discussed my treatment options. I elected to have the Balloon Sinuplasty and in January 2017 I had the procedure. I did well through the procedure. During the procedure Dr. Bridges swabbed each sinus to collect culture samples to determine the exact type of bacteria in order to prescribe appropriate antibiotic. I am doing well since having the procedure and my sinus problems have improved greatly. I am grateful to have a doctor who listens to my concerns and is very helpful. Getting an appointment is very easy and wait time to see the doctor is short."- JF / Office Visit / Feb 24, 2017
Balloon sinuplasty involves using an endoscope to thread a light wire through the nose and into the sinuses. Once the wire has been inserted into the sinus, a balloon is passed over the wire into the opening of the sinus. The balloon is inflated for a few seconds, deflated, and then removed. Inflation of the balloon in the opening of the sinus causes microfractures of the thin bone that makes up the opening. This occurs without damage to the overlying mucosal covering. The bone then heals in the new configuration.
Dr. Bridges can perform balloon sinuplasty in an accredited surgical facility with the patient under general anesthesia, or in his clinic using topical anesthesia. In the office, the nose is gently packed with cotton coated with special numbing gel. This technique does not require injections. Once the patient is comfortable, Dr. Bridges is able to perform the procedure in a few minutes. If no sedation is used, patients can drive themselves home soon after the procedure. The recovery process is fairly easy since pain is minimal and there is little to no bleeding. Saline rinses should be performed by the patient at home twice per day after the procedure. Minor nasal congestion and soreness usually resolve in about 1 week. Patients can return to work in as soon as 1 – 3 days, depending on their recovery progress.
The balloon used during the procedure is plastic and does not contain any latex. Patients with latex allergies should still inform Dr. Bridges during the initial consultation so a latex-free environment can be prepared for the procedure.
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- Average Procedure Time
- 30 Minutes
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Week
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Balloon Sinuplasty FAQs@headingTag>
Some patients have recurrent sinusitis and require treatment with antibiotics multiple times per year. They may suffer from symptoms such as nasal congestion, runny nose, fatigue, facial pain or headaches, but between episodes, these patients usually do not have significant symptoms. Other patients have chronic sinusitis, which means symptoms appear almost every day. Both groups of patients may struggle with these symptoms throughout their life and can be helped with balloon sinuplasty.
Studies show long term improvement in sinusitis symptoms as well as persistent enlargement of the dilated sinuses for at least 5 years. The effects are therefore believed to be permanent.
The materials used in the balloon sinuplasty procedure have been approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) since 2005. BSP is a very safe, minimally invasive procedure that has been performed on over 300,000 patients for a significantly improved quality of life.