Balloon Sinuplasty Expert Glendale, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA

Balloon Sinuplasty doctor in Los Angeles offers advanced alternative to sinus surgery when treating sinusitis in patients throughout the greater Los Angeles area

At the practice of Michael Bublik, MD, we are committed to our patients’ well-being and quality of life. Our focus is to ensure our patients are helped by the most advanced technologies and expertise in surgical and minimally invasive sinus treatments, while maintaining the highest standard of patient care. We offer our patients the advantage of non-surgical treatment for those suffering from recurrent sinus problems, known as Balloon Sinuplasty.

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What is Balloon Sinuplasty™?

When performing balloon sinuplasty, Dr. Bublik will insert a catheter through the opening of the nose into the sinus opening and then thread a sinus guide wire into the targeted sinus, providing light transmission and illumination that will help Dr. Bublik ensure correct placement of the guide catheter. Once access to the intended location is confirmed, tiny balloons are placed in key places in the nose and sinuses, which are then dilated to expand and widen the sinus passageways. The goal is to reshape anatomy to restore proper drainage. Simple. No tissue removal. No bleeding. No pain.

Step 1. A balloon catheter is inserted into the inflamed sinus.

Balloon Sinuplasty - Step 1

Step 2. The balloon is inflated to expand the sinus opening.

Balloon Sinuplasty - Step 2

Step 3. Saline is sprayed into the inflamed sinus to flush out the pus and mucus.

Balloon Sinuplasty - Step 3

Step 4. The system is removed, leaving the sinuses open.

Balloon Sinuplasty - Step 4

In-Office Balloon Sinuplasty may be the right option for those patients who suffer from recurrent sinus infections, chronic sinusitis or barosinusitis (facial pain caused by sinus pressure or stuffiness). Our practice has also been successful in using Balloon Sinuplasty for those patients who suffer from rhinogenic headaches or migraines caused by congestion in the nose or sinuses.

Balloon Sinuplasty is an FDA approved technique that uses microscopic endoscopes placed through the nose to locate the openings (ostia) of the sinuses. A wire and catheter-based system accesses the openings. Once identified, a small balloon is gradually inflated then removed to open the blocked sinus similar to how angioplasty is used to open vessels in the heart. This opening allows for normal function and drainage of the sinuses.

The in-office procedure starts by using a nasal spray with an anesthetic agent to begin the numbing process. Shortly afterwards we will place cotton soaked in a topical agent to further numb the patient’s nose and sinuses. During the painless procedure, the Sinus Balloon is gradually inflated to gently restructure the previously blocked sinus opening which helps to restore normal sinus drainage and function. Treatment time varies from 30-45 minutes depending on the complexity of the case, and most patients feel comfortable enough to leave our office and return to work or school the same day or the next. After the procedure, most patients feel immediate relief and there is very little discomfort. We will instruct the patient to keep the nose moist with nasal salt-water spray as well as use corticosteroid nasal sprays to keep the inflammation down.

Our practice is particularly happy to be able to help patients who suffer from sinusitis with Balloon Sinuplasty because we realize sinusitis can be very painful and can adversely impact the well-being and the quality of life of our patients. In fact, sinusitis is a common condition that affects 37 million people each year, making it one of the most common health problems in the U.S.

The sinuses are air spaces behind the bones of the upper face, between the eyes and behind the forehead, nose and cheeks. The sinuses are covered with a mucus layer and cells that contain little hairs on their surfaces called cilia. These help trap and push out bacteria and pollutants.

Each sinus has an opening that allows mucous to drain - this drainage is essential to keeping your sinuses working well and you healthy. Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinus lining. If the sinus opening becomes swollen shut, normal mucus drainage may not occur, and this may lead to infection and inflammation of the sinuses. While some patients can benefit over-the-counter remedies and prescription drugs, others will require a more involved approach, and Balloon Sinuplasty has made a significant difference in our patients’ well-being.

The common symptoms of sinusitis include

  • Facial pain, pressure, congestion or fullness
  • Difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Discharge of yellow or green mucus from the nose
  • Teeth pain
  • Loss of the sense of smell or taste
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat

Make an appointment to learn if you are a candidate for the balloon sinuplasty procedure.

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A Look into the Sinuses

The sinuses are hollow spaces in the skull (i.e. the frontal, ethmoid, sphenoid and maxillary) which serve to lighten the skull and give resonance to the voice. The purpose of the sinuses, which open into the nasal cavity, is to generate mucus to keep the nose from drying out during breathing and to trap unwanted materials so that they do not reach the lungs.

Sinus Cavity Anatomy Dr. Bublik

Each sinus has an opening that allows mucus to drain – this drainage is essential to keeping your sinuses working well and you healthy. Anything that obstructs that flow may cause a buildup of mucus and lead to a sinus infection.

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Make an appointment to learn if you are a candidate for the balloon sinuplasty procedure.

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