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Are you constantly battling sinus problems, headaches and breathing difficulties? If so, you’re not alone. Millions of people suffer from various sinus conditions that affect their daily lives and overall well-being. Fortunately, there’s a cutting-edge solution that has transformed the way sinus issues are treated: balloon sinuplasty

In this comprehensive guide to balloon sinuplasty, we’ll dive deep into the world of this nonsurgical procedure and explore some of the most common conditions it can effectively treat.

What’s Covered in This Blog: 

  • Understanding Sinus Anatomy and Function
  • What Does a Balloon Sinuplasty Do?
  • How Is Balloon Sinuplasty Performed? 
  • What Conditions Can Be Treated With Balloon Sinuplasty?
  • What Conditions Are Not Treatable With Balloon Sinuplasty?
  • How Long Do Balloon Sinuplasty Results Last? 

Understanding Sinus Anatomy and Function

Sinuses are air-filled cavities located within the cartilage and bones of the skull and face. They are connected to the nasal cavity and function to humidify and warm the air we breathe. They also produce mucus that helps trap and filter out bacteria, viruses and allergens. However, when the sinuses become blocked or inflamed, it can lead to a variety of uncomfortable symptoms and conditions. 

Balloon sinuplasty is a breakthrough treatment that has revolutionized the management of sinus issues with long-term relief.

What Does a Balloon Sinuplasty Do? 

Balloon sinuplasty is a nonsurgical, FDA-cleared procedure that can provide long-lasting relief from sinus problems. It uses a small, flexible balloon catheter to gently open and reshape the sinus passages. This helps improve drainage, reduce inflammation and alleviate symptoms related to various sinus conditions.

How Is Balloon Sinuplasty Performed? 

Balloon sinuplasty is performed in our office at Broward ENT & Aesthetics by Dr. Wilson DuMornay, a skilled and experienced otolaryngologist and provider of this innovative treatment. The procedure is performed in the following steps: 

  1. Anesthesia: Dr. DuMornay will administer local anesthesia to numb the area and make sure you’re comfortable during the procedure. 
  2. Accessing the sinus: Dr. DuMornay inserts a thin, flexible endoscope through your nostril to visualize the sinus opening. The endoscope has a light and a camera that transmit images to a monitor, allowing Dr. DuMornay to see your sinus anatomy clearly.
  3. Guiding the balloon catheter: A thin, flexible guidewire with a balloon catheter attached to its tip is gently inserted through your nostril and guided to the blocked sinus opening under endoscopic visualization.
  4. Inflating the balloon: Once the balloon catheter is positioned at the sinus opening, Dr. DuMornay slowly inflates the balloon. This gentle inflation gradually expands the sinus opening, helping to restructure the surrounding bone without causing damage to the sinus lining.
  5. Sinus drainage: With the sinus passage opened, built-up mucus and pus can be drained, providing relief from sinus pressure and congestion.
  6. Deflating and removing the balloon: After the sinus opening has been dilated, the balloon is deflated and carefully removed, along with the guidewire and endoscope.

What Conditions Can Be Treated With Balloon Sinuplasty?

Balloon sinuplasty is an effective treatment for multiple sinus-related conditions. By clearing your sinuses, it can alleviate your symptoms and improve your quality of life. 

The conditions that can be treated with balloon sinuplasty include the following: 

  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Recurrent acute sinusitis
  • Sinus headaches
  • Nasal obstructions
  • Sinus-related sleep apnea

Chronic Sinusitis

What Is Chronic Sinusitis?

Chronic sinusitis is long-lasting inflammation of the sinuses that persists for 12 weeks or more.

Symptoms and Causes

Symptoms of chronic sinusitis include nasal congestion, facial pain or pressure, postnasal drip and reduced sense of smell. It can be caused by factors like viral or bacterial infections, allergies, nasal growths or structural abnormalities.

Balloon Sinuplasty for Chronic Sinusitis

Balloon sinuplasty can effectively treat chronic sinusitis by improving sinus drainage and alleviating the symptoms. Dr. DuMornay uses the balloon catheter to gently expand the sinus passages, allowing for better airflow and mucus clearance.

Recurrent Acute Sinusitis

What Is Recurrent Acute Sinusitis?

Recurrent acute sinusitis is a condition where an individual experiences multiple episodes of acute sinusitis, which is a short-term sinus infection lasting less than 12 weeks.

Symptoms and Causes

The symptoms of recurrent acute sinusitis are similar to those of chronic sinusitis, but the episodes are shorter in duration and separated by periods of symptom-free time. Causes can include viral or bacterial infections, allergies and structural issues within the nasal cavity.

Balloon Sinuplasty for Recurrent Acute Sinusitis

By improving sinus drainage and reducing inflammation, balloon sinuplasty can help prevent recurrent infections and alleviate the discomfort associated with this condition.

Sinus Headaches

What Are Sinus Headaches?

Sinus headaches are caused by sinus inflammation and congestion, leading to pain and pressure in the forehead, cheeks and nasal area.

Symptoms and Causes

Symptoms include pain and pressure in the sinus areas, nasal congestion and, in some cases, fever. Sinus headaches can be triggered by a variety of factors, such as sinus infections, allergies or changes in air pressure.

Balloon Sinuplasty for Sinus Headaches

Balloon sinuplasty can help relieve the pressure and pain associated with sinus headaches by opening up the sinus passages and improving drainage.

Nasal Obstructions

What Are Nasal Obstructions?

A nasal obstruction is a condition where the nasal passages are partially or completely blocked, making it difficult for air to pass through the nose.

Symptoms and Causes

Symptoms of a nasal obstruction include difficulty breathing through the nose, snoring and mouth breathing. Causes can range from inflamed or blocked sinuses to nasal polyps or other structural abnormalities.

Balloon Sinuplasty for Nasal Obstructions

In some cases, balloon sinuplasty can help treat nasal obstructions caused by inflamed or blocked sinuses, improving breathing through the nose. By gently expanding the sinus passages, this treatment can alleviate some of the discomfort associated with nasal obstructions.

Sinus-Related Sleep Apnea

What Is Sinus-Related Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition in which the affected person repeatedly stops and starts breathing during sleep due to relaxation of their throat muscles. Sinus congestion and inflammation can exacerbate sleep apnea by further restricting airflow, a condition known as sinus-related sleep apnea.

Symptoms and Causes

Symptoms of sleep apnea include a sudden gasping for air during sleep, loud snoring and excessive daytime sleepiness. Sinus congestion and inflammation can contribute to sleep apnea by narrowing the airways and making it more difficult for air to pass through them.

Balloon Sinuplasty for Sinus-Related Sleep Apnea

By improving sinus drainage and reducing inflammation, balloon sinuplasty may help alleviate some of the symptoms of sleep apnea in certain individuals. Opening up the sinus passages can improve airflow and potentially reduce the severity of sleep apnea episodes.

What Conditions Are Not Treatable With Balloon Sinuplasty?

While balloon sinuplasty is a useful treatment for many sinus conditions, there are some cases where it may not be suitable. Conditions involving nasal polyps, tumors, significant structural abnormalities and cosmetic concerns typically cannot be treated with balloon sinuplasty.

Nasal Polyps

Nasal polyps are noncancerous (benign) growths that form in the lining of the sinuses or nasal passages. They can cause nasal congestion, sinus infections and reduced sense of smell. Balloon sinuplasty is not effective for treating nasal polyps, as it does not remove the growths themselves. Instead, other treatment options, such as medication or surgery, may be necessary.


Sinonasal tumors are abnormal growths that can be benign or malignant. Balloon sinuplasty is not a suitable treatment for tumors, as it cannot remove or treat the growths. In these cases, more extensive surgical procedures or other treatment options may be required.

Significant Structural Abnormalities

Some individuals may have significant structural abnormalities within their nasal cavity or sinuses, such as a deviated septum or severely enlarged turbinates. Balloon sinuplasty is not designed to address these issues and may not provide sufficient relief. In these cases, alternative surgical procedures, such as septoplasty or turbinate reduction, may be necessary to correct the underlying problem.

Cosmetic Nose Concerns 

Balloon sinuplasty is designed to address functional sinus issues rather than cosmetic concerns. If you’re seeking to address concerns about the appearance of your nose, such as reshaping the nasal bridge, adjusting the size of your nostrils or correcting asymmetry, a rhinoplasty would be a more appropriate procedure. Rhinoplasty, commonly called a “nose job,” is specifically designed to alter the appearance of the nose and improve facial harmony.

If you have both functional sinus issues and cosmetic concerns, consult with an experienced ENT specialist who also specializes in aesthetic plastic surgery, such as Dr. DuMornay, to determine the best course of action. In some cases, it may be possible to address both functional and cosmetic concerns through a combination of procedures.

How Long Do Balloon Sinuplasty Results Last? 

The duration of balloon sinuplasty results can vary depending on the individual and the severity of their sinus condition. However, many patients experience long-lasting relief from their sinus symptoms after the procedure. Studies have shown that a significant number of patients continue to experience symptom relief for years following balloon sinuplasty.

It is important to note that your individual results may vary, and some balloon sinuplasty patients may require additional treatments or interventions to maintain long-term relief. To achieve the best possible results, consult with a qualified otolaryngologist (ENT) who can properly evaluate your condition and determine if balloon sinuplasty is an appropriate treatment option for you.

Ready to Breathe Easier? Book Your Consultation for Balloon Sinuplasty With Dr. DuMornay in Fort Lauderdale Today!

If you’re struggling with sinus issues and think balloon sinuplasty might be the solution you’ve been searching for, Dr. Wilson DuMornay at Broward ENT & Aesthetics is here to help. With his otolaryngology expertise and commitment to patient care, Dr. DuMornay can determine if balloon sinuplasty is the right treatment option for you. 

Don’t let sinus problems hold you back any longer – contact us to schedule a consultation today and start breathing easier.

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