Facial plastic surgeon and ENT Dr. Ahmed Sufyan, M.D., F.A.C.S., brings Midwest patients in East Lansing, MI, an innovative and long-lasting solution to allergies: balloon sinuplasty. The in-office procedure is performed at East Lansing Plastic Surgery and results in lasting benefits to the sinuses. In many cases, the FDA-approved nasal procedure can even replace a daily medication regimen.
- What is Balloon Sinuplasty?
- Why Choose Balloon Sinuplasty?
- Your Consultation In East Lansing for Balloon Sinuplasty
- Preparing for your Procedure
- How Balloon Sinuplasty is Performed
- The Two-Day Balloon Sinuplasty Recovery
- Potential Side Effects and Risks
- Dr. Sufyan – A Top Choice for Balloon Sinuplasty of Michigan
- Frequently Asked Questions About Balloon Sinuplasty
What is Balloon Sinuplasty?
Balloon sinuplasty is a non-surgical medical procedure designed to remodel the sinuses and provide relief for patients with chronic sinus issues. Normally, these hollow cavities in the bones are filled with air, but when mucus cannot freely flow from the sinuses, bacteria and other irritants can become trapped in the fluid. Often, allergies or nasal growths are the culprits for recurring sinus infections.
Balloon sinuplasty is an in-office procedure performed in a private treatment room at East Lansing Plastic Surgery. Dr. Sufyan inserts a small tube and a deflated medical balloon inside the nostril before an inflating device creates structural changes to the drainage passages of the sinuses and the sinuses are flushed with a medicated or saline solution. No incisions are required.
The procedure results in a more adequate outflow of the sinus cavities, meaning that patients experience less sinus discomfort due to allergies. Over 535,000 patients have been treated and studies show that balloon sinuplasty is 96% effective.
Why Choose Balloon Sinuplasty?
As an otolaryngologist (ENT doctor), Dr. Sufyan specializes in the health of the ears, nose, and throat. He sees many patients who have suffered through Michigan’s three allergy seasons for years with little relief from antihistamines, decongestants, corticosteroids, and other drugs. Prescription-strength medicines may offer some improvement, but can have negative side effects and may become less effective over time.
Other solutions exist but require more serious time or financial commitments. Immunotherapy injections can treat or even cure allergies, but patients sometimes need the injections at least once a week for years before they experience eventual relief. Sinus surgeries are more invasive, can be costly, and involve more risks than balloon sinuplasty. Balloon sinuplasty provides fast symptom management and requires only two days of at-home recovery.
Because the procedure does not require general anesthesia or incisions, balloon sinuplasty is safe for most patients, even those whose health may not allow for surgery.
Most balloon sinuplasty patients are those affected by allergies that cause inflammation of the sinuses. Allergies may be triggered by indoor or outdoor elements or both. The climate and environment in Michigan cause three allergy seasons that begin in spring with tree pollen, move into late spring due to grasses, and again at the end of summer or the beginning of fall because of ragweed. As our global climate changes, allergy seasons last longer and have a greater impact on patients.
When the paranasal sinuses around the nose become compromised, nasal discharge cannot freely flow from the sinus ostia, or openings, and out the nostrils or down the throat. Particles can become trapped and cause damage to the sinuses, including the fluid build-up, permanently inflamed tissues, and damage to the cilia, or the small hairs that assist with the natural elimination of mucus.
Sinusitis may be due to:
- A virus
- Obstructions like polyps
- Autoimmune/inflammatory responses
Your Consultation In East Lansing for Balloon Sinuplasty
When meeting with Dr. Sufyan for a balloon sinuplasty consultation in East Lansing, MI, patients will discuss their symptoms and learn about possible treatment options.
Dr. Sufyan will look over each prospective patient’s medical history to learn about any prior surgeries or medical conditions that must be taken into consideration. He might also review prior diagnoses and may request records from previous physicians.
The doctor and patient will discuss the patient’s symptoms, including how severe and long-lasting they have been. After examining areas like the nostrils, ear canals, and the throat, Dr. Sufyan might want additional information on the anatomy that he cannot view without medical imaging. A CT of the sinuses can help the doctor determine why sinus blockages have occurred.
Once the doctor has determined the cause of the patient’s symptoms, he will recommend a course of treatment.
Preparing for your Procedure
Dr. Sufyan will create a tailored treatment plan for each patient, but there are some general pretreatment rules that all balloon sinuplasty patients should follow.
Certain medications, including blood thinners, aspirin and certain supplements (vitamin E, ginkgo biloba, ginseng), might need to be reduced or paused prior to the procedure to avoid excessive bleeding. Lifestyle habits like drinking alcohol and smoking are also not recommended leading up to a balloon sinuplasty.
Patients must complete all testing ordered by Dr. Sufyan, which may include a CT scan and blood work.
Recovery typically requires about 48 hours of downtime, and balloon sinuplasty patients should plan to take this time away from their normal schedules to rest. Any medications Dr. Sufyan prescribes should be filled before the balloon sinuplasty so that discomfort and inflammation can be controlled right away.
The doctor may ask that patients take medications the day of the procedure that manages infection, inflammation, pain, and anxiety. Patients might also be required to have a designated ride home from the appointment.
How Balloon Sinuplasty is Performed
Balloon sinuplasty is named for the inflatable (balloon) device that enters pathways of the sinuses (sinu) to expand the drainage pathways (plasty, which means to mold or form).
Step 1: Under local anesthesia or numbing, patients will be seated in a chair while a thin catheter enters the nose.
Step 2: The tube contains the expanding device which will require just seconds to reshape the sinus ostia.
Step 3: A solution flushes the sinuses.
Step: 4: The process is repeated in the second nostril.
The procedure is very brief and patients are free to return home when it is complete.
The Two-Day Balloon Sinuplasty Recovery
During a balloon sinuplasty, microfractures are created in the bones of the sinuses, which may cause some discomfort. Pain is managed through medications, which can make patients feel tired and groggy.
A bandage may be taped below the nose to collect excess fluid during the time when patients are encouraged not to blow their nose or sniffle, which might be unsightly to others. While resting, patients should remain elevated to at least a 45-degree angle so gravity can assist with any congestion that results from mild swelling.
Potential Side Effects and Risks
Balloon sinuplasty might cause the following minor, short term side effects:
|Bleeding or bloody drainage||Congestion|
More serious complications associated with balloon sinuplasty include:
|Changes in sense of smell||Changes in the look of the nose|
Michigan balloon sinuplasty with Dr. Sufyan is generally performed under local anesthesia, so there is less risk of adverse side effects from the medications. In cases where general anesthesia is used in an operating room, there is a greater chance for complications. Research has shown that the balloon catheter procedure is generally very safe and effective.
Dr. Sufyan – A Top Choice for Balloon Sinuplasty of Michigan
Dr. Ahmed Sufyan, M.D., F.A.C.S., is an excellent choice for balloon sinuplasty patients of the East Lansing, MI area. The doctor graduated with top honors when earning his undergraduate and doctorate degrees, and achieved the nation’s highest score on his exam for the otolaryngology specialty.
Dr. Sufyan is meticulous in his approach to the intricate structures of the face and takes every precaution to ensure his parents receive safe, effective care. Prospective patients can learn more about Dr. Sufyan and his credential here.
Frequently Asked Questions About Balloon Sinuplasty
What are the most common symptoms of a sinus infection?
When a person suffers from a sinus infection, they may experience the following:
- Sinus pressure
- Runny nose that lasts over 7 days
- Discolored mucus
- Bad breath
- A diminished sense of smell
How long is the sinuplasty balloon left inflated?
While this can vary depending on the case, the balloon portion of the catheter is typically inflated for 5 seconds.
Is balloon sinuplasty painful?
Patients may feel some pressure but are sufficiently numbed prior to treatment in order to avoid pain during the procedure. Balloon sinuplasty does not require surgery, so there are no incisions and no tissue is removed. Patients can control post-procedure swelling and discomfort with prescriptions and drugstore medications.
Is balloon sinuplasty effective?
Medical studies have shown that balloon sinuplasty has an efficacy rate of about 96%. In a sample size of 15 patients, all experienced extended relief. The procedure has been FDA-approved since 2005. Since then, over half a million patients have benefitted from the treatment.
Does insurance cover a balloon sinuplasty?
Each company has different plans and terms of coverage, but many will cover at least a portion of the cost of a balloon sinuplasty in East Lansing, MI. Typically, the patient’s expenses will be lower when the treatment plan is carried out in the doctor’s office rather than an operating room. The office can communicate with insurance representatives to provide patients with an estimate and may be able to offer a payment plan.
This article on Michigan balloon sinuplasty in East Lansing was written by Dr. Ahmed Sufyan, MD, FACS of East Lansing Plastic Surgery.