Balloon Sinuplasty is a safe, effective and minimally invasive technique used to treat blocked and/or inflamed sinuses. Sinuses can become inflamed from a variety of conditions, such as sinusitis (sinus infection), other chronic infections and can even result from mold exposure (MARCoNS). This endoscopic, catheter-based technique is an alternative to sinus surgery and can be beneficial for patients who are not responding to medications for relief of their symptoms. Furthermore, balloon sinuplasty does not require incisions, cutting, the removal of any bone tissue, or anesthesia and is therefore less taxing on the patient.
Since the initial introduction of balloon sinuplasty, there has been a significant number of clinical studies that investigated this technique’s effectiveness, safety and the patient’s benefits. At the bottom of this article is a list of several research studies supporting the efficacy of this technique for treating patients diagnosed with chronic or recurrent sinusitis, patients with frontal, maxillary and sphenoid disease and patients with allergies, asthma, septal deviations or a previous functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS). Overall, this technique delivers a significantly better patient recovery experience than surgery, including quicker recovery; less bleeding, risk of infection, blood loss, bruising and swelling; and less need for pain medications. Furthermore, patients are able to return to their normal daily activities right away.
During this procedure, a balloon is placed over a pump and is inserted into the nostril near the sinus opening. An instrument is then used to guide the balloon up into the blocked sinus so that when the balloon is inflated, it will dilate the sinus opening without cutting the mucosa or surrounding structures. In turn, the walls of the sinus passageway are widened which restores normal drainage. The procedure takes around 20 minutes and if successful, after the balloon is deflated and removed the sinus will remain open for up to 24 months. This can be especially relieving for patients who suffer from chronic headaches or migraines due to their sinusitis. Currently, we are providing 3-4 recommended treatments to create a more permanent resolution of symptoms.
Typically patients with all or some of the following symptoms may benefit from the balloon sinuplasty procedure:
If you have one or several of the above symptoms/conditions, you may find extraordinary relief from your sinus pain and inflammation from the balloon sinuplasty procedure. If you have any further questions about the procedure, please call us to discuss your options. We look forward to hearing from you and working with you to help treat your sinus issues.
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