Balloon sinuplasty

Symptoms of a chronic sinus infection can be relieved using balloon sinuplasty

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What is a balloon sinuplasty?

Balloon sinuplasty is a safe and minimally invasive procedure used by HCA UK ENT surgeons to treat chronic sinusitis (sinus infection).

Need to know

Treatment is usually carried out while you are asleep under a general anaesthetic. Your HCA UK surgeon will guide a very thin wire (catheter) attached to a tiny balloon into your nostrils and up to the area that is blocked.

The balloon will then be inflated to high pressure, causing widening of the natural nostril pathways. This will help to relieve the symptoms relating to your sinus condition.

If you are having a general anaesthetic you'll be advised not to eat or drink in the hours leading up to the procedure. You should be allowed to go home after the treatment and an overnight stay in hospital is usually not required.

Once the procedure has finished, you will be moved into the recovery area where you will wake up. There shouldn't be any discomfort, although you may feel that your nose is slightly congested.

You will be able to eat and drink soon after you wake up, and you should then be able to go home on the same day.

As with any form of nose or sinus surgery, it is important to minimise the amount of heavy lifting and/or straining in the first few days after the operation, otherwise there will be an increased likelihood of a nose bleed.

Hospital stay and procedure

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Balloon sinuplasty Consultants

Mr Hassan Elhassan

Mr Hassan Elhassan

Ear Nose & Throat Surgery (ENT/Otolaryngology)

Mr Raghav Dwivedi

Mr Raghav Dwivedi

Ear Nose & Throat Surgery (ENT/Otolaryngology)

Professor Paul Chatrath

Professor Paul Chatrath

Ear Nose & Throat Surgery (ENT/Otolaryngology)

Miss Safina Ali

Miss Safina Ali

Ear Nose & Throat Surgery (ENT/Otolaryngology)

Our locations

The Portland Hospital

The Portland Hospital

205-209 Great Portland Street W1W 5AH London
The Princess Grace Hospital

The Princess Grace Hospital

42-52 Nottingham Place W1U 5NY London
The Shard Outpatients

The Shard Outpatients

The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street SE1 9BS London

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