Simple, minimally invasive, and largely pain-free, balloon sinuplasty is one of the most popular means of finding lasting sinus relief. Even so, patients considering balloon sinuplasty surgery often have questions about the recovery process. To help, Kaplan Sinus Relief is here to answer some of the most common questions about balloon sinuplasty recovery.
Is the Balloon Sinuplasty Procedure Painful?
Even with the prospect of a simple recovery, some patients are still nervous about feeling pain during their balloon sinuplasty procedure. We are happy to say that balloon sinuplasty is minimally invasive and virtually painless. A typical balloon sinuplasty procedure only requires local anesthesia, making it accessible to people who are ineligible for regular anesthesia. Patients now have even less to fear —for patients who get particularly uncomfortable during surgery, Kaplan Sinus Relief now offers IV sedation during balloon sinuplasty procedures.
How Long Does it Take to Recover From Balloon Sinuplasty?
Most patients recover from balloon sinuplasty quickly and are completely healed within 2-3 days. In fact, most patients are able to return to work in 24 hours. That said, there are several medications and activities you should avoid after balloon sinuplasty, which we cover below.
Are There Any Side Effects After Balloon Sinuplasty Surgery?
Most people say that balloon sinuplasty recovery is fairly painless, but there’s still a chance that you might experience congestion and slight swelling for 2-3 days. Some patients also report drowsiness. Note that if you discover that your drainage is bloody, you should not be alarmed. This is a normal side effect of balloon sinuplasty and shouldn’t last longer than a few days.
Will I Need Pain Medication?
Most patients don’t require painkillers post-balloon sinuplasty surgery, although some patients do choose to take prescription pain medications. Whatever you decide, avoid taking over-the-counter pain medications such as Tylenol and Aleve, as well as vitamin E, as they can increase your risk of bleeding. Consult your doctor before taking anything after the procedure.
What Else Should I Avoid During Recovery?
Outside of taking over-the-the counter pain medications and vitamin E, there are a few more steps necessary to guarantee a smooth recovery from balloon sinuplasty. Immediately following your procedure, you should spend at least one day resting. In the days that follow your balloon sinuplasty surgery, you are free to return to work and perform typical tasks. However, it is important to avoid heavy exercise or physical labor for at least a week. Walking and cleaning are fine. Running on the treadmill or lifting heavy objects is not.
Interested In Balloon Sinuplasty? Explore Your Options at Kaplan Sinus Relief
Kaplan Sinus Relief is Houston’s leading provider of balloon sinuplasty. Now offering both local and IV anesthesia, Kaplan Sinus Relief is more certain than ever that your experience will be comfortable and pain-free. If you suffer from chronic sinusitis, get severe sinus infections, or struggle with sinusitis caused by humidity, balloon sinuplasty may be the perfect option for long-term relief. To speak with a doctor about balloon sinuplasty, schedule your consultation at Kaplan Sinus Relief today.