Balloon sinuplasty (BSP) is a revolutionary procedure that can dramatically improve everyday life for sinusitis sufferers. The Cedar Valley Center for ENT, Sinus & Allergy, with offices in Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Waverly, Independence, and Grundy Center, and Dr. David J. Congdon perform balloon sinuplasty through an in-office, noninvasive procedure that can provide lasting relief with little downtime.
After the patient receives general or local anesthesia (depending on whether the procedure is in-office), the balloon sinuplasty procedure begins with his or her inflamed sinuses being opened in the same way that heart surgeons open up blocked arteries during heart surgery. Without the use of surgical incisions or the removal of tissue and bone, the operating surgeon guides an instrument equipped with a small balloon into the nasal cavity through the nostril, inflating it upon reaching the blocked sinus area. This inflation causes the surrounding sinus passage to expand, and this airway remains enlarged after the device is deflated and removed, allowing consistent sinus air movement and drainage.