Bring music with earphones for play during the procedure if desired.
Bring a family member or friend to drive you home from office.
Before the Procedure
If your procedure consent has already been filled out, take one prescribed 10mg Valium tablet 10 minutes prior to your appointment time. Otherwise, you will take the Valium after arrival and signing of the consent form.
The first 20-30 minutes of your visit will be spent decongesting and numbing your nasal passages. You can expect to feel numbness in your throat as well, which can give you the sensation of difficulty swallowing and/or breathing. This is a normal side effect of the numbing process.
Once your physician has adequately numbed your nose, you will be led into the procedure room. Up until this point, your family members may be with you.
During the Procedure
You will be awake for your procedure.
You may feel some discomfort or pressure with inflation of the balloon although it is for a very short duration, usually a couple seconds.
You may hear the tissue or bone remodeling during the balloon inflation. This is normal and a sign that the passage is being dilated.
If at any point you are unable to tolerate the discomfort, please let your physician know.
The lights will be turned down in the procedure room.
Your physician and an additional surgeon will be present to assist the procedure.
Your physician will notify you when they would like to see you back for follow up. At that appointment, they will likely examine your nasal cavity with a camera to ensure normal healing of the nasal passages.
During your recovery period please notify your physician or present to the emergency room for any difficulty breathing, high fever above 102 degrees, persistent bleeding, or any other urgent concern.
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