Balloon Sinuplasty Specialist

James C. Yee, MD -  - Otolaryngologist

James C. Yee, MD

Otolaryngologist located in Folsom, CA & Carmichael, CA

Chronic sinusitis sometimes requires intervention called a balloon sinuplasty. At the otolaryngology practice of James C. Yee, MD, in Folsom and Carmichael, California, Dr. Yee has extensive experience with this minimally invasive treatment that relieves nasal congestion and sinus pressure. If you have chronic inflammation, call the most convenient office location or schedule online to learn more about balloon sinuplasty and how it can help you find relief.

Balloon Sinusplasty Q & A

What is balloon sinuplasty?

Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive, in-office procedure that opens up your sinus passages to treat chronic sinusitis. Dr. Yee uses an endoscope or balloon catheter to perform the procedure. These instruments are flexible and easy to guide through your nostrils to the affected sinus cavity.

A balloon sinuplasty is less traumatic than surgical procedures to treat sinus issues. You have a quick recovery and less post-procedure pain.

What causes chronic sinusitis?

Your sinuses are inside your facial bones. These passages are full of air and membranes inside them produce mucus that drains through a small opening and flows into your nose. This mucus does the important job of moisturizing and warming the air as it goes through your nose.

You develop sinusitis when the membranes become inflamed, often due to infection or allergies. When the swelling blocks the opening of the sinuses, it traps mucus inside and causes acute sinusitis.

If sinusitis lasts longer than 12 weeks, it’s diagnosed as chronic. This means the inflammation persists even though the immediate infection that originally caused it has cleared up. In many cases, chronic sinusitis is resistant to conventional medical treatments such as medication and steroids. Balloon sinuplasty is sometimes the only way to treat acute sinusitis.

What symptoms indicate I may need balloon sinuplasty?

If you have chronic sinusitis, you may experience symptoms such as:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Thick, discolored discharge from your nose
  • Pain and pressure around your sinuses
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue

If these symptoms persist and don’t respond to less invasive treatment, Dr. Yee may recommend balloon sinuplasty.

How is balloon sinuplasty performed?

During balloon sinuplasty, Dr. Yee applies a local anesthetic. He then inserts an endoscope carrying a medical-grade balloon and lighting through a nostril. The endoscope also has a high-definition video camera, so Dr. Yee has a magnified view of your nasal passageways.

Once the scope is at the opening of your blocked sinus, Dr. Yee inflates the balloon. Pressure from the balloon reopens the sinus so he can flush it to remove excess mucus. Once the sinus is clear, the balloon is deflated and removed.

Balloon sinuplasty restores normal sinus drainage and restructures the shape of the sinus opening. As a result, the sinus stays open long after the balloon is gone. For most patients, the results of a balloon sinuplasty last at least one year. 

If you have chronic congestion and you’d like to learn if you’re a good candidate for balloon sinuplasty, call James C. Yee, MD, or schedule an appointment online.