Balloon sinus dilation has become a preferred procedure in recent years. This non-surgical alternative to sinus surgery offers long-term relief from chronic sinusitis and other persistent symptoms. We are proud to be a leading practice for balloon sinus dilation in St. Louis. It is important to us that patients realize they have options for restoring a better quality of life, and that those options don’t have to be involved. Here, we discuss what it’s like to recover from a balloon sinuplasty procedure.
What is Balloon Sinus Dilation?
Balloon sinus dilation is an in-office procedure that does not involve surgery nor incisions. Patients who have undergone this procedure often express surprise at the fact that recovery is more straightforward than they had imagined. However, it makes sense that when there is no anesthesia and no invasive disruption to the sinuses, healing occurs with relative ease. Patients can go home immediately after their procedure. For several days, they will follow post-treatment instructions for self-care. During this time, minimal side effects may be noticed.
What is Recovery Like?
Recovery from any procedure, even those that are minimally-invasive, may involve slight swelling. For sinus patients, this swelling may remind them of their previous symptoms from sinusitis. It is also common for a bit of tinted discharge to drain from the nose. Drainage indicates healing, not infection, so is not a cause for concern. Finally, patients may feel somewhat fatigued for a few days after their sinus procedure. This is indicative of the body focusing energy on healing.
There are a few strategies that facilitate a comfortable recovery. Pain medication may be prescribed but may not be necessary for more than a day, if at all. To alleviate sensations of congestion, it may help to sleep on two pillows or with the head slightly elevated. Steroids and antibiotics may also be prescribed and used to minimize swelling and prevent infection. It is necessary to be careful how you manage nasal drainage. Blowing your nose is a no-no for the first 24 hours after your procedure. Also, while you can walk and perform many of your routine activities, you will need to avoid strenuous physical output for approximately one week.