If you’ve read up on rhinoplasty or you’ve had one in the past, you are likely aware that swelling is the name of the game after surgery. You’ve probably read that the nose is healed in 1 year after surgery. Very few surgeries are discussed in these terms, making the rhinoplasty healing process unique. I’d like to discuss and offer some additional thoughts on nasal swelling after rhinoplasty and healing process you may find useful in your research on rhinoplasty.
How did balloon sinuplasty start
Balloon sinuplasty began in the early part of this century by biomedical engineers from the balloon angioplasty field. They reasoned that just as a surgeon could thread a balloon into a blocked heart artery and dilate it to increase blood flow, you could modify the technology to enable sinus surgeons to dilate the blocked outflow tracks of the paranasal sinuses.
The medical theory behind balloon sinuplasty dates back to the beginning of minimally invasive sinus surgery. Minimally invasive sinus surgery (aka functional endoscopic sinus surgery) began over three decades ago when sinus surgeons from Austria reported that long standing sinus sufferers could achieve permanent relief without having to undergo radical sinus surgery. The theory behind minimally invasive sinus surgery is that if you open the outflow tracts of the diseased sinuses, then in most cases the affected sinuses will return to normal. The efficacy of minimally invasive sinus surgery is well established, as it has been standard of care since the 1980s. Balloon Sinuplasty is an outgrowth of that. In balloon sinuplasty, the outflow tracts are still opened to relieve blockage. This procedure is unique in that it is a quick, in office procedure and patients usually return to full activity within days.
If you’ve just gotten smacked in the face (it happens to the best of us!), it is important to know what to do afterwards. The first and most important thing is to make sure the brain is OK, so it is best to receive a proper emergency evaluation. Keep in mind that the elderly are the most at risk for serious injury. Thankfully, many times the injury is diagnosed as an isolated fracture of the nasal bones. So now what?
You’ve had the best rhinoplasty outcome, but over time even the best may require a revision rhinoplasty. Yes, it is a big undertaking- you have fixed your crooked nose, and now you start to notice your nostril collapse when inhaling, or you notice slight imperfections. Patients naturally have many questions before they go through the process all over again. To make things more difficult, there are lots of information – both good and bad – on the Internet making it nearly impossible to know what to do.
Here are 5 things to consider as you begin your search for a better rhinoplasty outcome:
- No two noses are the same
- No two surgeons are the same
- What are grafts?
- Are there any alternatives to surgery?
- Follow up!
So you are getting the balloon sinuplasty. You are all scheduled, maybe a bit apprehensive about going through it, and whether it will help your congestion, relieve your obstruction, and/or stop you from getting those debilitating sinus infections and headaches. Here is the short list of things you should know as you get ready.
7 Things to Know before Balloon Sinuplasty
Patients commonly ask us if balloon sinuplasty can help them to achieve pure sleep. Their spouses ask us if balloon sinuplasty can cure snoring. The answer is a resounding ‘maybe’.
Balloon sinuplasty is an office procedure performed to relieve symptoms of chronic or recurrent sinusitis that have become disruptive to the daily lives of sinus sufferers. It is in general a quick, minimally invasive, minimal downtime procedure that has literally changed the quality of life for hundreds of thousands of sinus sufferers. Many sinus sufferers list snoring and airway obstruction as part of their symptom complex.
Balloon sinuplasty is one of the most frequently performed procedures by sinus surgeons today. Balloon sinuplasty is usually performed in the office setting and involves placement of a small sinus balloon into the blocked area of the sinus, inflating then deflating it, and removing it. It can be used to relieve the blockage of anywhere from one to six sinuses, personalized to the patient’s situation. First performed in the middle part of last decade, it was conceived as a way to non invasively open blocked sinuses. Given that 30,000,000 Americans suffer from chronic sinusitis, it immediately began to change the paradigm of how physicians should approach these long term sufferers.