Richard Ruiz, MD
Otolaryngology & A Private Medical Practice located in Temecula, CA
Balloon sinuplasty is an in-office procedure that opens blocked sinuses, has a 97% success rate, and relieves sinus congestion for up to two years. Richard Ruiz M.D., Inc. has earned designation as an Entellus Center of Excellence, which means Dr. Ruiz has extensive training and experience performing balloon sinuplasty and he delivers proven results. To learn whether you’re a candidate for balloon sinuplasty, call the office in Temecula, California or book an appointment online.
Balloon Sinuplasty Q & A
What is balloon sinuplasty?
Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure to open blocked sinuses. In 99% of all cases, Dr. Ruiz performs balloon sinuplasty in the office, where you have privacy and comfort, together with the support of highly qualified professionals.
The Entellus Center of Excellence designation is awarded by Entellus Medical, which produces the XprESS™ ENT Dilation System, the cutting-edge device Dr. Ruiz uses to perform balloon sinuplasty.
Designation as an Entellus Center of Excellence means that Dr. Ruiz has:
- Received extensive training in balloon sinuplasty and coordinated procedures
- Learned advanced techniques for complex cases
- Demonstrated his skill in the balloon sinuplasty procedure
- Achieved success as shown by patient outcomes
Serving as an Entellus Center of Excellence means that you can depend on the quality of care you’ll receive from Dr. Ruiz.
When do I need a balloon sinuplasty?
Balloon sinuplasty is specifically designed to treat chronic sinusitis, or inflamed sinuses. Your sinuses are lined with membranes that produce mucus, which normally drains out of each sinus through a small opening, then flows through your nasal passages.
When the mucous membranes become inflamed, they block the opening to your nose. As a result, mucus gets trapped inside the sinus, an infection develops and you have sinusitis. When the inflammation persists for 12 weeks or longer, you have a condition called chronic sinusitis.
Chronic sinusitis usually develops from the same virus that causes the common cold; however, it may also be caused by polyps, a deviated septum, or a bacterial infection.
How is balloon sinuplasty performed?
The XprESS device is narrow enough to fit through your nostril, yet it contains lighting, a video camera, and a deflated medical-grade balloon.
After administering a local anesthetic, Dr. Ruiz guides the flexible device through your nasal passages to the opening of the blocked sinus. Once it’s in place, he inflates the balloon. While the balloon is inflated, Dr. Ruiz flushes the sinus with saline to remove excess mucus, then he deflates and removes the balloon.
Pressure from the inflated balloon gently restructures the sinus opening, so it remains open after the balloon is removed. As a result, normal sinus drainage is restored.
As a minimally invasive procedure, balloon sinuplasty doesn’t require incisions, which translates to less trauma, less pain, and a quicker recovery.
If you suffer from chronic sinus congestion, call Richard Ruiz M.D., Inc. or book an appointment online.