Both Balloon Septoplasty and traditional Septoplasty are procedures designed to fix a deviated nasal septum. The goal of these procedures is to increase the airflow through the nose and alleviate nasal obstruction.
In a traditional Septoplasty, the mucosa (lining) of the septum is elevated off of the underlying bone and cartilage. The deviated bone and cartilage are straightened with specially designed instruments. This procedure typically takes 30-60 minutes to perform. Sometimes sutures are used to assist with the straightening techniques.
Balloon Septoplasty utilizes the noninvasive nature of an airway balloon to gently reposition the deviated septum. It is an office procedure performed at the Nose and Sinus Institute of Boca Raton under a light anesthetic so that the patient feels no discomfort. The airway balloon is passed through the nostril and positioned over the area of deviation. It is inflated, deflated, and removed. The procedure is then repeated on the other side. The airway is then inspected for patency. Any persistent bony spurs can be removed directly. By avoiding the extensive dissection of traditional septoplasty, recovery is reduced significantly.
Both the Balloon Septoplasty and traditional Septoplasty procedures may be performed with Balloon Sinuplasty or Turbinate Reduction, depending on your condition.