BALLOON SINUPLASTY SPECIALIST NYC
Are you looking for one of the best balloon sinuplasty specialists in the U.S.? Dr. Greg Levitin has developed a reputation as the go-to for patients suffering from chronic sinusitis that want to try balloon sinuplasty as their best minimally invasive treatment option. People fly to New York City from all over the country to have Dr. Levitin perform their balloon sinuplasty procedure. New York is easy to get to from just about anywhere and in most cases, you can plan on flying home within a day or two after your procedure. Dr. Levitin accepts most insurance plans so call our office to find out more. See our travel tips down toward the bottom of the page.
When your sinuses become inflamed, it can lead to a variety of associated health conditions that may become chronic. Sinusitis, in its most severe form, can cause incredible pain, discomfort and typically results in recurring infection of the nasal cavities. Symptoms may include persistent sinus headaches, tenderness and pain in the face, and complications arising from secondary conditions, such as allergies or asthma. Dr. Greg Levitin is a balloon sinuplasty treatment expert in NYC. Balloon sinuplasty is typically an effective treatment for patients suffering from chronic sinusitis.
It is important to choose the correct treatment option for each patient, as sometimes non-surgical procedures are more than adequate in providing long-lasting relief. Balloon sinuplasty is proven to work for the majority of patients, and there is seldom any need for a great deal of aftercare or support. Dr. Gregory Levitin prefers to offer minimally invasive treatments like balloon sinuplasty in New York when possible. If you would like to avoid surgery, we highly recommend that you arrange a comprehensive assessment with Dr. Levitin today to see if NYC balloon sinuplasty or BSP is right for you.
WHAT IS BALLOON SINUPLASTY?
The purpose of a balloon sinuplasty treatment is to provide relief from symptoms caused by chronic sinus and nasal problems by opening up the sinuses. Once your balloon sinuplasty treatment has relieved the pressure, it becomes much less problematic for the patient to breathe. The chance of recurring infection is reduced, as viruses and bacteria will not spread as easily. When the balloon sinuplasty procedure is carried out by a surgeon who is as experienced as Dr. Gregory Levitin, the balloon sinuplasty treatment is safe and effective. With an office in New York, Dr. Levitin can provide balloon sinuplasty to patients from across the northeast.
During your consultation, you will be asked a series of questions related to your sinus problems and how they impact your day-to-day life. The purpose of these questions is to establish whether you are suffering from acute or chronic sinus problems. The former will likely clear up in a matter of weeks with the aid of medication, whereas the latter is persistent and more suited to treatment using a procedure like a balloon sinuplasty. An NYC balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive endoscopic procedure that opens up the sinus passages using an inflatable balloon catheter.
BENEFITS OF BALLOON SINUPLASTY
Those who suffer from chronic sinusitis and are looking for a long-term solution to relieve their pain and discomfort can benefit from balloon sinuplasty. When medication management is not successful, or sinus infections keep reoccurring, a surgical procedure may be the best option. Balloon sinuplasty offers a minimally invasive alternative to surgical sinuplasty (FESS). Some of the benefits include:
- Outpatient procedure. Patients can usually return home the same day.
- Short recovery time. Many people can return to most regular activities in a day or two, with full recovery within a week. There is also less post-operative pain than traditional sinus surgery.
- Safe with fewer risks. Compared to more invasive sinus surgeries, balloon sinuplasty is safe with fewer risks. There are no incisions needed, reducing bleeding and possible complications.
- Effective for chronic sinusitis. The success rate for patients with chronic sinusitis is high, helping reduce symptoms and reoccurrence of sinus infections.
Balloon sinuplasty has helped millions of people have fewer sinus infections and symptoms, improving their health and comfort. Dr. Levitin can help you decide if this procedure would be beneficial for you or if another type of sinus treatment would better suit your needs.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO RECOVER?
Recovery times after a balloon sinuplasty may vary. However, collected data from centers around the country that routinely provide the procedure consistently show the majority of patients fully recover within a week. That includes being able to return to work without the need for any reasonable adjustments to workload or hours. Dr. Gregory Levitin will discuss your recovery as part of your pre-treatment consultation. If any potential complications would result in a longer recovery period, we will make you aware before you agree to go ahead with balloon sinuplasty as a treatment option.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT BALLOON SINUPLASTY
What are the symptoms of sinusitis?
Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinus tissues or lining, often preceded by a nasal cold or allergy attack. When the sinus lining inflammation blocks mucus drainage, it can cause infections and other painful symptoms. Some of the symptoms of sinusitis include:
- Facial pain and pressure
- Headache, often across the forehead
- Stuffy nose
- Yellow or green mucus discharge from the nose
- Difficulty breathing through the nose
- Sore throat
- Upper tooth pain
Some people have several symptoms, while others may only have a few. The symptoms can worsen with recurrent sinusitis or infections.
What are the types of sinusitis?
Sinusitis can be acute or chronic. Sinusitis commonly follows a cold or nasal allergy and may last for a few days. If an infection or symptoms persist beyond a few days, it can become acute sinusitis. When the symptoms continue over three months or infections keep recurring, acute sinusitis can become chronic.
What are the treatments for sinusitis?
Sinusitis is usually treated with over-the-counter medications for mild cases. When sinusitis becomes acute or there is a sinus infection, antibiotics and other medications may be needed to fight the infection and reduce inflammation to control symptoms. For those with chronic sinusitis, medication management may no longer be effective. Surgical intervention to open the sinus passages can help reduce infections, sinusitis and improve symptoms. The two most common sinus surgeries are FESS, functional endoscopic sinus surgery, and balloon sinuplasty.
What is the difference between FESS and balloon sinuplasty?
FESS uses endoscopic medical instruments to access the sinus passages. FESS involves widening the sinus passages by removing bone and tissue through a surgical incision. After the surgery, nasal packing is needed to stop the bleeding, and there can be two weeks or more of recovery time needed before resuming all normal activities.
Balloon sinuplasty also uses endoscopic tools, but no incisions are made, and no tissue or bone is removed. Instead, the sinus passages are widened with a balloon catheter that is inserted and inflated in the nasal passages. Without any incisions or tissue removal, there is less bleeding, fewer risks, less post-operative pain and a quicker recovery than from FESS.
Is balloon sinuplasty FDA-approved for treating sinusitis?
Yes. The FDA approved the devices and procedure for performing balloon sinuplasty for sinusitis in 2005.
What is the success rate of balloon sinuplasty?
In one study, 95% of patients reported improved symptoms nine months after undergoing balloon sinuplasty. Many patients have long-term relief from chronic sinusitis, but results can vary by patient.
Who is a good candidate for balloon sinuplasty?
Anyone who has chronic sinusitis that is not well controlled with medications could be a good candidate for balloon sinuplasty. The procedure is minimally invasive and has a quick recovery time, with few risks or possible complications.
Can you still have FESS after balloon sinuplasty?
Patients that undergo balloon sinuplasty are not restricted from having other sinusitis treatments in the future. It is possible to have another balloon sinuplasty or functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) if chronic sinusitis returns.
Can I travel to New York for my Balloon Sinuplasty?
Yes, many out-of-town patients seek Dr. Levitin for his expertise in balloon sinuplasty! The authorization of your procedure as well as your preoperative work-up of a medical history, physical exam, CT scan and any lab tests can be done remotely at your convenience. In most cases, patients only need to plan to stay in New York for 1-2 days and can return home the next day to recover. Our team will stay in close contact with you and monitor your healing and progress from this minimally-invasive procedure.
Travel Tips to New York City
Finding Our Office
We are located at 200 W. 57th St, Suite 1410 at the corner of 7th Ave in midtown Manhattan (map). You can reach our office by subway, taxi, or private car service. See below for details on various services.
Our Manhattan office is conveniently located in close proximity to the Columbus Circle Station (1,2,3, A,C,E, or B,D trains), and to the 57th St Station (N,Q,R trains). The resources below will allow you to plan out traveling by public transportation during your visit to the city.
Taxies & Car Service
Hail a yellow cab from any street corner or use Uber on your smartphone to have them come directly to you. Uber provides private cars and are clean, safe, and convenient.
Private Car Service
John Nunez, Private Driver/SUV, (347) 220-5378 (please call in advance to reserve for up to 6 passengers)
Carmel Car Service, (212) 666-6666
New Family Car Service, (212) 748-7777
UCC Car and Limo Service, (212) 316-1119
Airports Near NYC
Most people who fly into Manhattan do not rent a car as parking in the city can be quite expensive. It is quite easy and affordable to use taxi service to and from the airport, and public transportation within the city.
LaGuardia Airport (LGA)
General Info: (718) 533-3400
Parking Info: (718) 533-3850
John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
General Info: (718) 244-4444
Parking Info: (718) 244-4168
Newark International Airport (EWR)
General Info: (973) 961-6000
Parking Info: (888) 397-4636
Getting into NYC from Nearby Airports
It is quite is to use a Taxi service from both NY-based airports (LGA and JFK). Use official NYC Yellow Taxi service from either of those locations by finding the official taxi stand outside the terminal near baggage claim. See details here.
From JFK and EWR there are convenient and inexpensive train travel options from the airport into the city. Find out information regarding those here.
The following parking garages are located near our office.
235 W 56th St, New York, NY 10107
21 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019
W 56th Street Garage
211 W 56th St #1, New York, NY 10019
Use Google Maps to locate additional parking.
There are several moderately priced hotels located nearby, and even more options throughout Manhattan. Check the resources below to find lodging for your stay.
Check weather conditions for NYC here.
Must See in NYC
NYC is home to a number of famous U.S. landmarks, neighborhoods, and professional entertainment. These include:
- Central Park
- The Statue of Liberty
- Ellis Island
- St.Patrick’s Cathedral
- Empire State Building
- United Nations
- Rockefeller Center
- Times Square
- Bronx Zoo
- Greenwich Village
Museums & Other Attractions
830 5th Ave
Strap on your skates and set off for a beautiful day of skating in the heart of Central Park. At night, the rink turns into a disco as skaters move to the beat of the music. A perfect date whether on a family outing or a romantic night on the town.
Sony Wonder Technology Lab
56th Street and Madison Avenue
Discover a world of dreams at this venue, a favorite among visitors and locals alike. Explore the hands-on exhibits where you can create with communication technology and entertainment. A great attraction for children of all ages.
Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street
With over 22,000 film, video and media works and 100,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs and design objects, MoMA is home to the largest collection of art created between 1880 and today. Visit the many exhibitions, then stop by the MoMA store to find unique gift ideas ranging from the classic to the cutting-edge.
The Frick Collection
1 East 70th Street
Discover the most famous paintings by some of the most renowned European artists, the finest collection of small bronzes, eighteenth-century furniture and porcelains, and many other works.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue and 82nd Street
Take a trip from ancient to modern times through more than two million pieces of art and artifacts from around the world. Explore the civilization of Asia with over 60,000 pieces ranging from the second millennium B.C. to early twentieth century. Demystify the language of the pharaohs at the Egyptian exhibit. Over 22 permanent exhibits and a number of special exhibits to explore.
The Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue
Admire the works of Chagall, Kandinsky, Picasso and Van Gogh in one of the most significant structures of modern architecture. The Guggenheim houses the finest collection of twentieth-century art. Walk along the grand ramp that wraps itself from the ground floor all the way up to the museum dome.
The High Line
If the weather is great, take an amazing outdoor walk above ground on the recently renovated Highline tracks on Manhattan’s west side. The High Line is located on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues. It runs from Gansevoort Street to West 30th Street and is open daily 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. Admission is free.