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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some of the questions Dr. Hershcovitch and the sinus care experts at SoCal Breathe Free have been asked about Balloon Sinuplasty (Balloon Sinus Dilation):

What is Balloon Sinuplasty (Balloon Sinus Dilation)?

Balloon Sinuplasty may be the right treatment option for you, especially if medications and first-line treatments have failed to help resolve your chronic and recurrent sinusitis symptoms and inflammation in the past.

This procedure gently expands your sinus openings and drainage pathways to:

  1. Restore airflow
  2. Assists with drainage
  3. Promotes Healing

After locating the treatment area and the local anesthesia is applied, the physician will place and inflate a tiny balloon to dilate the treatment area. The balloon is then deflated and gently removed.

Is Balloon Sinus Dilation (Balloon Sinuplasty) successful?

Absolutely.  In fact, 96% of patients undergoing a Balloon Sinuplasty procedure have reported a significant improvement in sinusitis symptoms. Learn more about Balloon Sinuplasty and the results of this procedure by visiting the FAQ page on

Does Medicare pay for Balloon Sinus Dilation (Balloon Sinuplasty)?

Most insurance companies and Medicare cover Balloon Sinuplasty if considered medically reasonable and necessary. To be sure of your level of insurance coverage, contact your insurance provider to find out your specific policy.

What is the average recovery time?

While recovery time varies with each patient, most patients who undergo the in-office procedure can return to normal activities within 2 days.

What are the risks?

Balloon Sinuplasty is less invasive than traditional sinus surgery and has a low complication rate. However, as with any medical procedure, potential risks and complications also exist with Balloon Sinuplasty. Make sure to consult with your doctor to determine if your condition presents any unique risks.

Possible side effects can include but are not limited to pain and swelling, allergic reaction to anesthesia or other medications administered during the procedure, and minimal post-intervention bleeding.  There is also a small risk of mucosal/tissue damage from the expansion.

Is Balloon Sinuplasty safe?

Yes. Clinical studies have shown that Balloon Sinuplasty is safe, minimally invasive, and significantly improves the quality of life.


  1. Weiss, Raymond L., et al. “Long-Term Outcome Analysis of Balloon Catheter Sinusotomy: Two-Year Follow-Up.” Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, vol. 139, no. 3_suppl_1, 2008
  2. Cutler J, Bikhazi N, Light J, Truitt T, Schwartz M. Standalone balloon dilation versus sinus surgery for chronic rhinosinusitis: A prospective, multicenter, randomized, controlled trial. Am J Rhinol Allergy 2013 Sep-Oct;27(5):416-22. doi: 10.2500/ajra.2013.27.3970. Epub 2013 Aug 5.

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