Balloon Sinusplasty Recovery Explained

January 24, 2017

3 minutes

Reviewed by Michael Kaplan, MD

Balloon sinusplasty is a type of endoscopic surgery used to treat chronic sinusitis and other related conditions. Like most outpatient procedures, the amount of time to fully recover after balloon sinusplasty surgery can vary for many reasons. Your age, health condition, and the nature of the sinus surgery all contribute to the recovery process.

The most important factor is your ability to follow the doctor’s recommendations. Not following your doctor’s guidance could result in unnecessary complications.

How Does Balloon Sinusplasty Work?

Doctors perform balloon sinusplasty to remove blockages from the sinuses. This is a form of endoscopic sinus surgery in which a balloon is inserted into the sinuses and then expanded to clean out mucus and expand blocked openings. These blockages can cause pain, difficulty breathing, and continuous drainage.

After Balloon Sinusplasty Surgery

Aftercare is very important for a full recovery from any endoscopic procedure, including balloon sinuplasty. Your body needs time to heal even if that time is minimal.

After your procedure, you’ll be able to leave the office and head home within the hour. Patients can resume normal activity within 1-2 days after the procedure. There is no downtime after the surgery, however we do recommend taking time off work, especially in manual labor jobs to allow yourself to heal properly.

A gauze-type packing will be inside your nose to help open the sinuses and absorb any excess drainage. A doctor or healthcare professional will remove the packing during a follow-up visit. Do not attempt to remove the packing prior to the visit. After being sent home from the sinus surgery, self-care of your nose and sinuses is critical for recovery.

Some patients experience discomfort after the surgery. The doctor will usually prescribe a pain medication or recommend an over-the-counter pain reliever. Avoid taking aspirin, which can increase the bleeding.

Most patients will be able to tell the difference immediately. Others could take a couple of days to feel results.

Tips for Balloon Sinusplasty

Here are some additional tips to making a speedy recovery:

  • Take all your antibiotics as directed to avoid infections.
  • Sleep with your head elevated to avoid putting pressure on your sinuses when lying down.
  • Consider sleeping in a recliner or use extra pillows.
  • Small amounts of bleeding can occur for the first couple of days. If the bleeding is extensive, call your healthcare professional immediately.
  • Try not to blow your nose for at least several days. If possible, try to avoid sneezing.
  • Avoid lifting heavy objects, exercise, or other types of activities that create a strain.

Aftercare from balloon sinusplasty surgery is crucial for optimal recovery. Relax, get plenty of sleep, and allow your body a chance to heal properly prior to returning to your normal active routine.

Kaplan Sinus Relief Can Help

If you have chronic sinusitis, a deviated septum, or nasal polyps, you may be a good candidate for endoscopic sinus surgery including balloon sinusplasty. Learn more about the Kaplan approach to balloon sinusplasty and if you think it is right for you.


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