Balloon Sinuplasty in Orange County, California

With sinusitis becoming a more prominent issue affecting individuals, Dr. Furze is one of the few surgeons to offer balloon sinuplasty, the newest and most minimally invasive technique for treating chronic and acute recurrent sinusitis.

Sinusitis is a problem that affects millions of Americans each year. While medication is an adequate solution for many sinusitis sufferers, there are others who require further intervention when medications fail to provide relief. Until recently, the only surgical option was invasive sinus surgery that involved the removal of bone and/or inflamed tissue. This surgery involves a lengthy recovery process and offers a relatively low success rates. Fortunately, balloon sinuplasty, a recently developed technique, is proving to be an effective treatment and an excellent alternative to traditional sinus surgery.

Dr. Furze, one of the most experienced nose surgeons in Orange County, is one of the few surgeons to offer balloon sinuplasty , the newest and most minimally invasive technique for treating chronic and acute recurrent sinusitis. As the name implies, this procedure uses a balloon catheter to gently enlarge the drainage pathways of the sinuses to relieve the symptoms of sinusitis. In comparison to traditional sinus surgery, Dr. Furze has found that this technique is a less aggressive option, as it does not involve the surgical excision of any bone or tissue. As a result, it has a much lower risk of side effects and complications, yet provides effective relief in instances where medications have failed.


Dr. Furze is also one of the only surgeons in California to perform balloon sinuplasty with an image guidance system from Medtronic and multi-sinus dilation systems from Entellus Medical and Acclarent. The Fusion ENT Navigation system by Medtronic is an image-guidance system that allows Dr. Furze to see into the nasal cavity and makes balloon sinuplasty more precise. Dr. Furze will then use the XprESS Multi-Sinus dilation system by Entellus Medical or the Relieva Scout Multi-Sinus dilation system by Acclarent to access the sinuses.

What is Sinusitis

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Sinusitis, a common condition that affects up to 30% of Americans each year, is defined as inflammation of the sinuses, which are air-filled cavities in the skull. Sinusitis can be caused by viruses, bacteria, and fungi. When the lining of the sinus cavities becomes irritated (for example, from a viral infection such as a cold), it becomes inflamed and swollen, which can prevent the sinuses from draining properly. As the fluid backs up, bacteria or fungi may start to grow in the sinuses, which results in even more swelling and pain. Once the cycle of sinusitis starts, each episode becomes more severe and harder to treat, and may result in chronic sinusitis.

The main symptoms of sinusitis are a stuffy or runny nose accompanied by pain or pressure below or under the eyes. Some people also experience yellow or green drainage and/or a postnasal drip. The condition is classified into several categories based upon the length and/or recurrence of symptoms. Balloon sinuplasty is able to treat chronic sinusitis (symptoms lasting longer than 12 weeks) and recurrent acute sinusitis (four or more separate episodes of sinusitis in one year).

Benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty

Balloon sinuplasty offers several benefits in comparison to traditional sinus surgery. Balloon sinuplasty does not involve the removal of bones and/or tissue and there is no need for incisions or sutures. All of this translates to several benefits to the patient including:

  • Lower risk of infection following surgery
  • No need for general anesthesia
  • Less pain
  • Less swelling
  • Minimal blood loss
  • Less bruising
  • A quicker return to normal activities (many patients are able to resume normal activities in as little as two days following the procedure.)

In addition, when performed on carefully selected patients, balloon sinuplasty appears to offer higher success rates than traditional sinus surgery. Given the many benefits of balloon sinuplasty, it’s easy to see why more and more nose surgeons are offering balloon sinuplasty to patients suffering from chronic and recurrent acute sinusitis.

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Ideal Candidates for Balloon Sinuplasty

For balloon sinuplasty to be successful, Dr. Furze will first carefully consider whether or not the patient is an ideal candidate for the procedure. The main criteria that he will use to determine a patient’s candidacy for balloon sinuplasty are the length, severity, and frequency of sinusitis symptoms.

Patients who suffer from the following symptoms may be candidates for balloon sinuplasty:

  • Nasal congestion that makes it difficult to breathe through the nose
  • Ongoing nasal problems including runny nose and/or postnasal drip
  • Headache around the eyes, nose, or jaw
  • Frequent bouts of sinusitis that are not relieved or prevented by medication
  • Bad breath and/or toothache
  • Congestion and coughing at night
  • Diminished sense of smell

During your initial consultation, Dr. Furze will review your symptoms and ask you questions about the duration and frequency of these symptoms to determine whether you suffer from a type of sinusitis that will respond well to balloon sinuplasty.

How Balloon Sinuplasty is Performed

Video Fusion ENT Navigation System by Medtronic during Balloon Sinuplasty

Fusion ENT Navigation System by Medtronic during Balloon Sinuplasty

Fusion ENT Navigation System by Medtronic during Balloon Sinuplasty

In most cases, Dr. Furze performs balloon sinuplasty on an outpatient basis using a local anesthetic. You should expect the procedure to last about two hours from start to finish. The following is a general outline of how balloon sinuplasty is performed:

  1. A local anesthetic is applied topically and injected into the nose and upper lip. We use a local anesthetic to first numb the treatment area so that the injection of anesthetic can be performed without discomfort.
  2. Once the anesthetic has taken effect, a balloon catheter from Entellus Medical or Acclarent is inserted into the sinus opening with the Fusion ENT Navigation system attached. You may feel some pressure and hear crackling noises, which is normal and expected, but should not experience any pain.
  1. Using the Fusion ENT Navigation system, Dr. Furze will expertly place the balloon into the nasal cavity.
  2. Once the catheter is in place, the balloon will be inflated to enlarge the sinus openings. Next the sinuses will be flushed to open and clean them. During this part, you will be asked to lean forward so the liquid does not run into your throat.
  3. Finally, Dr. Furze will suction out your nose and sinus cavities to remove any remaining liquid and debris. You will be able to return home shortly after this final step.
Video Fusion ENT Navigation System by Medtronic during Balloon Sinuplasty

XprESS Multi-Sinus Dilation System for Balloon Sinuplasty by Entellus Medical

XprESS Multi-Sinus Dilation System for Balloon Sinuplasty by Entellus Medical

Recovery Following Balloon Sinuplasty

For most people, the recovery following balloon sinuplasty is short, easy, and primarily pain-free. Most patients are able to return home shortly after their procedure. Someone else must drive you home, as you will not be able to drive for 6 hours following your balloon sinuplasty. Your throat is likely to remain numb for 1 – 2 hours following surgery. During this time, you should not eat or drink, as you are more likely to choke. Once your throat has regained feeling, you can eat and drink as usual.

It is normal to experience some bleeding and drainage in the first few days following your procedure; excessive bleeding, however, is not normal and should be reported immediately. You must irrigate your nose with a sterile saline solution, which can be purchased at any drugstore or pharmacy, three times per day for the first few days. If you experience any pain, you can take Ibuprofen or Tylenol as recommend by your doctor to alleviate symptoms. Most patients are able to resume all normal activities 1 – 2 days after their procedure.

Risks Associated with Balloon Sinuplasty

Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive surgery, so there is a lower complication rate in comparison to traditional sinus surgery; however, while minimal, there are still some risks associated with the surgery. These include:

  • Infection
  • Damage to nasal tissues and mucous membranes
  • Optic injury

During your pre-surgical consultation, Dr. Furze will discuss these risks with you so you can make an informed decision about the surgery.

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Balloon Sinuplasty FAQ’s

Q Will my medical insurance cover the cost of balloon sinuplasty?

Yes, most medical insurance companies cover the cost of balloon sinuplasty, provided that we can prove that you suffer from acute or recurrent acute sinusitis that has not responded to medication. After your initial consultation, our team will help you determine whether your insurance company will cover the entire surgery or a portion of the surgery. If your insurance plan does not cover the Balloon Sinuplasty in office then we can conduct this procedure in an ambulatory surgery center setting, they will cover the procedure in an ASC setting.

Q Is balloon sinuplasty safe?

Yes, balloon sinuplasty is a very safe procedure that carries very little risk of side effects or complications. In comparison to traditional “open” sinus surgery, balloon sinuplasty is a safer option.

What Our Patients are Saying

“I am a rhinoplasty surgery patient and it took me 9 years to finally choose a surgeon to trust with my nose”

Dr. Alexis is a pleasant young doctor who is knowledgeable and willing to take the time to answer your questions and cover all your concerns so that you feel good when you leave his office. I definitely recommend him if ever need his services.

Dr. Furze is easy to communicate with, and is meeting all my post op needs. Of course this is after a successful surgery that I fully understood and was scheduled on my terms as immediate as was needed.

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Last updated: Wed 13 March, 2019
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