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Balloon Sinuplasty FAQ

At SoCal Breathe Free Sinus & Allergy Centers, we are the leader in treating sinus and allergy issues with an empathetic, patient-friendly care focus. This includes providing treatment for chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) with balloon sinuplasty in Burbank, CA. Many patients have questions about this procedure, which is why we’ve put together this list of answers to some of the questions we hear most often.

Frequently Asked Questions About Balloon Sinuplasty

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:

  • Restore airflow
  • Assist with drainage
  • Promote 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.

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

Balloon sinuplasty offers an alternative to traditional sinus surgery. The advantages of this technique include:

  • Shorter procedure time
  • Shorter recovery time
  • Fewer side effects
  • Less need for follow-up care

Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that does not require any cutting or removal of tissue or bone. As a result, the procedure can be done in as few as 20 minutes—though you should plan to be at the office for at least one hour from beginning to end.

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.

Patients choose balloon sinuplasty over traditional sinus surgery for many reasons, including a lower cost. Each patient is unique, and there are many factors that affect the price, but the typical cost of this procedure ranges from $2,000 to $7,000.

Yes, balloon sinuplasty was approved by the FDA in 2005.

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

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 exist. 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.

Clinical studies have shown that balloon sinuplasty is safe, minimally invasive, and significantly improves the quality of life.

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Contact Us To Learn More About Balloon Sinuplasty

If you would like to learn more about balloon sinuplasty, contact the team at SoCal Breathe Free Sinus & Allergy Centers. Fill out our contact form or call us at (818)-206-2539 for more information

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