FAQs


Q: What is an Otolaryngologist?

Otolaryngologists are physicians trained in and specializing in the medical and surgical treatment of ear, nose throat (ENT) diseases and disorders. S ...

Q: What are allergies?

Allergies are hypersensitive immune responses to certain substances, which come in contact or enter the body (such as pet dander, pollen or venom). ...

Q: What are some symptoms of allergies?

A runny nose, congestion, inflammatory responses, watery or itchy eyes, swelling of the lips or tongue, swelling or feeling of the closing of the thro ...

Q: What are sinus infections?

Sinusitis is inflammation or swelling of the sinus tissue. Normally the sinuses are full of air, but when sinuses become blocked with fluid, germs and ...

Q: What are the common symptoms of sinusitis?

Some of the common symptoms of sinusitis are facial pain, pressure or congestion, difficulty breathing through the nose, discharge of yellow or green ...

Q: Are there different kinds of sinus infections?

Acute sinusitis is a sudden onset of symptoms, such as a runny nose and pressure or pain, which lasts for around 4 weeks. Subacute sinusitis is when t ...

Q: How is sinusitis treated?

Our ENT doctors at Cross Timbers use various approaches while considering the treatment of sinusitis patients: Medical Therapy Sinusitis is typically ...

Q: What is Balloon Sinuplasty?

If our patient suffers from chronic sinusitis, our Cross Timbers ENT doctors may choose a Balloon Sinuplasty (BSP) procedure to relieve the patient’ ...

Q: What are the Balloon Sinuplasty™ devices?

The Balloon Sinuplasty™ devices are FDA-cleared, endoscopic, catheter-based instruments specifically designed to be used in sinus surgery. The Sinus ...

Q: Does surgery with the Balloon Sinuplasty™ Technology work?

Clinical research has indicated that using Balloon Sinuplasty™ Technology is safe and effective in dilating sinus openings.


Q: How long does symptom relief last after surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty™ Technology?

Results vary by individual. Published clinical data has shown the following regarding patients who have had sinus surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty™ T ...

Q: How do sinus openings stay open after surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty™ Technology?

Balloon Sinuplasty™ Technology dilates sinus openings (or ostia)by pushing aside bones which comprise the sinus ostia. Moving bone remodels the sinu ...

Q: Are the Balloon Sinuplasty™ devices safe?

The Balloon Sinuplasty™ Technology is minimally invasive and has been clinically demonstrated to be safe by leading Ear, Nose and Throat doctors. Fi ...

Q: What are the risks of surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty™ Technology?

Our ENT doctors at Cross Timbers can best explain the potential risks of surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty™ Technology. In all published clinical data ...

Q: How long does surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty™ Technology take?

The duration of the procedure varies by individual situations. Consult with your Cross Timbers ENT physician for the most accurate answer. In a study ...

Q: Will I require general anesthesia for surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty™ Technology?

Most patients at Cross Timbers ENT undergo general anesthesia for sinus surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty™ Technology, but some patients have had the ...

Q: How long does it take to recover from a typical surgery using the Balloon Sinuplasty™ System?

Because the system is minimally invasive, it is typically used in an outpatient setting. While recovery time will vary from patient to patient, many p ...

Q: Does surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty™ devices limit my treatment options?

No. Balloon Sinuplasty™ devices are endoscopic tools used within conventional sinus surgery and may be used with other medical therapies. They do no ...

Q: Are Balloon Sinuplasty™ devices right for me?

If you suffer from sinusitis, and if medication alone has not been effective in relieving your symptoms, you may be a candidate for surgery using the ...

Q: Who uses Balloon Sinuplasty™ devices?

Cross Timbers Ear, Nose, and Throat physicians who have been trained on the Relieva Balloon Sinuplasty™ devices.


Q: Are Balloon Sinuplasty&trade devices covered by Medicare?

Yes. Medicare covers endoscopic sinus surgery when any combination of tools, including a balloon catheter, is used to perform the procedure.


Q: Are Balloon Sinuplasty™ devices covered by other insurance carriers?

Most insurance companies cover sinus surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty™ devices. To be certain of your coverage, contact your insurance provider to fi ...

Q: What is an ear infection?

The ear is made up of three sections: the outer ear, middle ear and inner ear. Each of these areas is susceptible to infections, which can be painful. ...

Q: Why do ear infections sometimes cause hearing loss?

Usually, it’s due to fluid build up inside the ear. Sound cannot travel through to vibrate the normal way. Removing the fluid usually restores the p ...