Balloon Sinuplasty for Sinusitis
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that nearly 31 million adults suffer from chronic sinusitis, an inflammation of the sinus lining that lasts three months or more.
Our sinuses are air filled pockets that surround the nose. Each sinus has an opening through which mucus drains, but chronic sinusitis sufferers do not experience the normal drainage which keeps the sinus healthy.
A Proven Option for Chronic Sinusitis Patients
In the past, typical treatment options for chronic sinusitis included cycles of medications, followed by conventional sinus surgery if the medications were not effective. Today, patients have a new option called Balloon Sinuplasty™ that:
Is safe and effective.
Is minimally invasive.
Improves recovery time.
What is the Balloon Sinuplasty system?
Doctors place a small, flexible, sinus balloon catheter into the nose to reach the sinuses. The sinus balloon catheter is gradually inflated to gently restructure the previously blocked nasal passage, maintaining the integrity of the sinus lining and restoring normal sinus drainage and function.
There is minimal bleeding during the procedure and many patients have been able to return to normal activities within 24 hours. Clinical research has indicated that the Balloon Sinuplasty system is a safe and effective tool in dilating blocked sinuses.
The Balloon Sinuplasty Approach
An ENT physician gently places a sinus guide catheter and a flexible sinus guide wire through the nostrils to access the target sinus. Next, a sinus balloon catheter is advanced over the sinus guide wire.
The sinus balloon catheter is positioned across the blocked sinus opening and gently inflated.
The system is removed, leaving an open sinus passage and restoring normal drainage and function.