Balloon Sinus Dilation

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Balloon Sinus Dilation

Widens the sinus opening to allow air to circulate and mucus to drain.

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Have you experienced any of the following symptoms for 12 consecutive weeks or longer and are over the age of 18?

  • Facial pain, pressure or fullness
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty breathing through nose
  • Decreased sense of smell
  • Drainage of cloudy or colored mucus

Balloon Sinus Dilation

Balloon sinus dilation is performed by an ENT surgeon using a balloon catheter. It can be performed in an ENT’s office under local anesthesia with less pain, swelling, and blood loss than traditional sinus surgery.1 Patients may also experience a quicker recovery time.

Balloon sinus dilation uses a balloon catheter to expand the sinus openings and widens the sinus opening to allow air to circulate and mucus to drain. While balloon sinus dilation can be an effective treatment, it doesn’t treat the inflammation. Balloons can’t remove inflamed tissue or polyps, but they can help expand the sinus outflow tracts (ostia).2


  1. Balloon sinuplasty. Cedars Sinai. Available at: https://www.cedars-sinai.org/health-library/diseases-and-conditions/b/balloon-sinuplasty.html.
  2. Sinus surgery. Yale Medicine. Available at: https://www.yalemedicine.org/conditions/sinus-surgery.

Safety Information

The purpose of the site is to help create awareness about sinusitis and treatment options for the disease. Please note that information contained on this site is not medical advice. It should not be used as a substitute for speaking with your physician. Always talk with your physician about diagnosis and treatment information.