As a specialist in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, Dr. Sarah Vakkalanka with Pacifica ENT in Huntington Beach and Orange County, California, is fully qualified to offer a cutting-edge treatment for sinusitis, called a balloon sinuplasty. With balloon technology, this surgical solution is less invasive than more traditional sinus surgeries, so you’ll have a shorter recovery period and a reduced risk of complications.
Sinusitis is swelling of your sinuses, the cavities around your nose. The condition can be painful if left untreated. When inflammation interferes with drainage of the passages connecting your sinuses and nose, mucus builds up. Sinusitis comes in two forms:
Acute sinusitis means you have it once or twice during your lifetime. A chronic condition, however, indicates a more serious underlying problem such as nasal polyps or a deviated nasal septum. Left untreated, sinus infections can lead to:
Possible complications may even be life-threatening. One treatment option is a procedure called balloon sinuplasty.
Balloon Sinuplasty is an FDA-approved outpatient procedure that opens blocked sinuses to allow for proper drainage. As an outpatient procedure, it is often performed in the physician office using local anesthesia. Dr. Vakkalanka inserts a specially-designed catheter through the nostril using an endoscope to guide the movement. Once at the blocked area, the high strength latex-free plastic balloon is inflated to mechanically open the passage. The balloon remodels the bone around the sinus to allow the passage to remain open.
Balloon Sinuplasty opens blocked sinus cavities in four easy steps:
This is a less invasive surgical option for sinusitis, which makes it a very attractive choice for most patients. More traditional and invasive corrective surgeries require hospitalization, with Balloon Sinuplasty, patients experience the procedure in the comfort of Dr. Vakkalanka’s office rather than a hospital operating room. There is potential for significant cost savings where eligible patients may have lower out-of-pocket costs especially if the procedure is performed at a physician office. This procedure requires no incisions, lowering the risk of infection and decreasing postoperative pain. Additionally, Dr. Vakkalanka uses local anesthesia which is an option for patients who decline or are ineligible for general anesthesia. While recovery time varies with each patient, most patients who undergo the less than 60 minutes in-office procedure can return to normal activities quickly within 48 hours.
Dr. Vakkalanka will attempt to find another solution first, but when medication and home treatments fail, surgery is often the next option. The ideal candidate has a chronic condition or an acute one that doesn’t resolve with medication. You might suffer from headaches around your eyes and have trouble breathing because of the blockage, making surgery necessary.
At Pacifica ENT, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is list of the plans we accept. Please note that HMO's require authorization for visit. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
"Dr. Sarah Vakkalanka is one of the most professional doctors I have ever met. Everything during my operation went fine thanks to her."
"Dr. Sarah was recommended by my PCP. She diagnosed my issue and performed surgery on me. She was fantastic in all respects. Would recommend her highly."
"Dr. Sarah is one of the most knowledgeable, encouraging, kind, ear nose and throat surgeons I know."
"Dr. Sarah is truly amazing. She is very patient, asks a lot of questions and very thorough with her consultation."
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