Septoplasty/ Balloon Sinuplasty in Princeton, NJ
A septoplasty or balloon sinuplasty can be performed to eliminate airway obstructions which make it difficult to breathe. Board-certified New Jersey otolaryngologist Dr. Scott Kay performs septoplasty and balloon sinuplasty for patients in the Central New Jersey area, including Princeton and Plainsboro, at Princeton Otolaryngology Associates.
What is Septoplasty / Balloon Sinuplasty?
Septoplasty addresses breathing issues caused by a deviated septum. Balloon sinuplasty is performed to dilate the nasal passages in order to restore effective drainage and help patients breathe easier.
Benefits of Septoplasty / Balloon Sinuplasty
Both procedures have the goal of opening the airway, facilitating better breathing. Balloon sinuplasty can be used to cure patients who suffer from chronic sinusitis. Septoplasty can improve the airway while offering the added benefit of aesthetic enhancement of the nose.
How is Septoplasty / Balloon Sinuplasty Performed?
Septoplasty is performed under general anesthesia. An incision is made on either side of the septum, giving Dr. Kay access to the area. The mucous membrane is then lifted. Obstructing cartilage or bone is removed, and the septum is repositioned. Splints are placed around the nose to offer support as the septum heals.
Balloon sinuplasty is usually performed under local anesthesia. A catheter is inserted into the nose using an endoscopic instrument, and X-ray is used to confirm that the catheter has reached the proper area. Once the location is confirmed, the balloon catheter is placed over the guide and inserted. It is inflated, expanding the sinus cavity. A saline rinse is performed to remove mucus, and the catheter is then removed.
Preparing For Septoplasty / Balloon Sinuplasty
Stop taking medicines that can thin the blood two weeks prior to surgery. You will be advised of when you will have to stop eating and drinking prior to surgery. We advise that patients quit smoking before surgery, as it can negatively impact healing.
Septoplasty / Balloon Sinuplasty Recovery
Balloon sinuplasty offers a shortened recovery period compared to other sinus surgeries; typically about two days. Discomfort, bleeding, and drainage is to be expected. During this period, avoid strenuous activity and keep your head elevated.
Recovery from septoplasty requires some follow-up care. If your nose is packed during surgery, Dr. Kay will remove the packing a few days after the procedure. A splint can be removed by Dr. Kay in about a week, as well as any stitches. At home after surgery, keep your head elevated for the first 48 hours after surgery. Take it easy and avoid heavy activity. Discomfort and swelling are to be expected.
How Much Does Septoplasty / Balloon Sinuplasty Cost?
The cost of these procedures is typically covered by insurance, though depending on your plan, there may be out of pocket costs. To help you cover your portion of expenses, we accept CareCredit® financing. For information about determining your coverage or financing, please call us.
Is Septoplasty / Balloon Sinuplasty Right For Me?
If you experience difficulty breathing due to airway obstruction or blockages, a septoplasty or balloon sinuplasty may be right for you. If you experience chronic sinusitis, balloon sinuplasty may be recommended to relieve your symptoms. During your consultation, Dr. Kay will inform you if you could benefit from either procedure.
Why Choose Princeton Otolaryngology Associates For Septoplasty / Balloon Sinuplasty?
Board-certified otolaryngologist Dr. Scott Kay is dedicated to helping patients restore proper breathing, putting an end to their discomfort. His specialized training in this field allows him to make accurate diagnoses and propose treatment plans that utilize cutting-edge technology to provide patients with the best results.
What to Expect During Your Consultation for Septoplasty / Balloon Sinuplasty
During your consultation, your medical history will be reviewed, and Dr. Kay will ask you about the symptoms you’ve experienced. He’ll perform a thorough examination in order to determine if septoplasty or balloon sinuplasty is right for you. You’ll have an opportunity to discuss your concerns and ask any questions you have about the proposed treatment.
Since 1993, board-certified New Jersey otolaryngologist Dr. Scott Kay has been treating patients from the areas of Princeton and Plainsboro at his Central New Jersey area practice. Patients choose Dr. Kay for elite medical and surgical care relating to ear, nose, and throat issues. To schedule a consultation, please contact us today.