Balloon Sinuplasty

Balloon Sinuplasty is available at Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah. Call 563-382-2911 to make an appointment.What is sinusitis?
What is Balloon Sinuplasty?
Is Balloon Sinuplasty right for you?
Frequently asked questions
What do our patients say?
Schedule an appointment

What is sinusitis?

Sinusitis is a temporary inflammation of the sinus lining that is caused by a bacterial infection and commonly called a sinus infection. Your doctor may recommend saline nasal sprays, antibiotics, nasal steroid sprays, decongestants and over‐the‐counter pain relievers to help relieve the condition.

However, if you experience symptoms for longer than 12 weeks you could have chronic sinusitis.  Learn more about sinusitis.
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What is Balloon Sinuplasty?

Balloon Sinuplasty is a breakthrough procedure that relieves the pain and pressure associated with chronic sinusitis or chronic sinus blockage. It is used by surgeons to safely and effectively treat chronic sinusitis patients who are not responding well to medications such as antibiotics, nasal steroids, or over‐the‐counter (OTC) drugs, and are seeking relief from uncomfortable and painful sinusitis symptoms.

Similar to how angioplasty uses balloons to open blocked arteries, Balloon Sinuplasty, a system of FDA‐cleared, catheter‐based instruments, opens blocked sinuses.

The procedure is less invasive than traditional sinus surgery. It allows most patients to return to normal activities quickly.

With Balloon Sinuplasty, a specially‐designed catheter is inserted into the nose to reach the inflamed sinus cavity. A small balloon is slowly inflated, which widens and restructures the walls of the sinus passage, helping to drain mucus from the blocked sinus and restore normal sinus drainage without cutting and with minimal bleeding. This approach also preserves the natural structure of the sinuses.

Patients who suffer from chronic sinusitis and are not responding well to medications may benefit from seeing an Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) physician who performs Balloon Sinuplasty to determine if the procedure is right for them. Most insurance companies and Medicare provide coverage for Balloon SinuplastyLearn more about Balloon Sinuplasty.
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Is Balloon Sinuplasty right for you?

Take a short quiz to determine if Balloon Sinuplasty is right for you.  Balloon Sinuplasty Quiz
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Frequently asked questions

Do you have questions about Balloon Sinuplasty?  Find out more about this minimally invasive, in-office procedure for sinus sufferers.
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What do our patients say?

Jessica’s Story

 Jessica Hoey found sinus relief through a new minimally invasive procedure at Winneshiek Medical Center called Balloon Sinuplasty. “Dr. Remington spent a great deal of time with me during my initial appointment. He asked many questions to understand my background and determine our next steps,” says Jessica. She adds, “As part of the appointment, I got a CT scan at WMC, which Dr. Remington reviewed with me – even I could see the blockage in my sinuses. Dr. Remington suggested we try a new procedure to open them up, called Balloon Sinuplasty.” Read Jessica’s story.

Elizabeth’s Story

William Remington, M.D., Mayo Clinic Health System Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT) specialist at WMC Clinic and Elizabeth Golovatski, a recent balloon sinuplasty patient.Elizabeth scheduled the procedure for a Friday afternoon. “It was all very simple. Dr. Remington numbed the area and opened three sinus passages right in the doctor’s office. There was a little swelling, and relatively no pain,” she says. Elizabeth returned to work Monday morning headache-free.  Read Elizabeth’s story.

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Schedule an appointment

Make an appointment with Dr. Remington to learn more about minimally invasive procedures at Winneshiek Medical Center.  Call 563-382-2911 or request an appointment online through MyChart.
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