Your sinuses are air-filled spaces inside the bones of the face. They produce mucus that drains through the nose, clearing any dirt or bacteria that has been breathed in. If the sinuses become blocked then the mucus membrane can become inflamed causing sinusitis.

A  balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure offered by Mr Julian Hamann that gently opens the drainage channels and helps to clear blockages. Balloon sinuplasty is an innovative procedure, proving a safe and effective alternative for the treatment of sinus problems.

Am I a suitable candidate for a balloon sinuplasty procedure?

Mr Julian Hamann will first undertake a thorough examination of the nose and sinuses to identify the cause of the problem. This may need to be done endoscopically. He may also require other scans.

If Mr Hamann finds that there are restrictions to the sinus passageways then he may suggest a balloon sinuplasty as an effective treatment option. However, a deviated septum or nasal growths or polyps may also require surgery.

What does a balloon sinuplasty procedure entail?

A tiny balloon is guided through the nostrils and into the inflamed sinus. The balloon is then gently inflated to expand and open up the passages. The inflamed sinus can then be flushed out with a saline spray, clearing out the built up mucus. The balloon is then deflated and removed. The whole procedure usually takes about 30 minutes. An overnight stay in hospital is not required afterwards. Most patients can go home a couple of hours after the procedure.

What is the recovery process like after a balloon sinuplasty?

As there are no incisions and much less trauma to the tissues, this procedure can be performed under a local anaesthetic. Recovery is therefore very quick, and most patients find they are fully recovered within a few days.

What are the potential risks or complications associated with a balloon sinuplasty?

This procedure is minimally invasive, and the potential risks are very small. As with any nasal procedure, heavy nosebleeds can occur and there is a small risk of infection. Injury to the eye causing bruising and a leak of the fluid surrounding the brain through the nose (CSF leak) have been reported with this procedure, but are exceptionally rare. The risk of this occurring is considerably lower than with traditional endoscopic sinus surgery, making this a very safe procedure. Mr Julian Hamann will discuss this with you at your consultation, and answer any questions you may have, before you make the decision to go ahead with a balloon sinuplasty.

Occasionally, a balloon sinuplasty will not resolve the problem. In this instance, a repeat procedure can be performed or alternative sinus surgery may be recommended.