Balloon Sinuplasty: In-Office Sinus Surgery

Dr. Menachof, MD, has specialized in conditions around the head, throat, ear, nose, neck and face for over 20 years, and was the first to bring sublingual allergy drops to Colorado in 2005. He has been recognized as a Fellow by multiple academies, named one of America’s Top Facial Plastic Surgeons continually since 2003 and is featured in multiple national publications.

We are always looking for a better way – not just a new way – to do things. One of the most important parts of our job is identifying and testing promising new technologies and techniques. First, we have to make sure these new techniques are effective. Second, we determine if they work better than our current treatments. If so, we can offer you these improved treatments. One of these tested new treatments is balloon sinuplasty.

We’ve been watching balloon sinuplasty for several years now. Balloon sinuplasty is an in-office procedure that uses a small balloon on a guide-wire to open up the blocked sinus openings that cause recurrent sinus infections, sinus pressure, and sinus headaches.

While the procedure has been around for many years, it’s only been in the past three years that the technology has improved to the point where it can be performed with consistent success in the office. Lastly, it’s only in the past year that we finally have reliable long-term data showing that for the right patients, balloon sinuplasty can work as effectively as a sinus surgery performed in the surgery center.

Balloon sinuplasty can be performed in the office using a local anesthetic and some oral sedation. The procedure takes less than an hour, causes less postoperative bleeding than traditional sinus surgery, and usually allows you to return to work in as little as two days. Most importantly, the results are similar to traditional sinus surgery, with 95 percent of people never again experiencing breathing difficulties and 90 percent no longer having ongoing issues with sinus infections and sinus headaches.

For those of you who have lived with these symptoms for years, there is now an easy, effective solution.


  • Takes less than an hour
  • No general anesthesia
  • Two-day recovery
  • Procedure completed in-office
  • Lasting results