If you have been diagnosed with chronic sinusitis and are not responding well to antibiotics you may be a candidate for surgery. For years physicians have relied on minimally invasive endoscopic sinus surgery to help relieve sinus pressure and restore normal mucus drainage from the sinuses. While traditional surgery uses cutting instruments to enlarge sinus openings, new medical technology has led to a less invasive surgical option, called Balloon Sinuplasty™, that uses a balloon catheter to treat blocked sinuses.
Endoscopic Sinus Surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology utilizes a small, flexible, Sinus Balloon that is placed in the nose and into the sinuses. When the sinus balloon is inflated, it gently opens up blocked sinus passageways, restoring normal sinus drainage. Instead of removing bone, this procedure dilates sinus openings by pushing aside bones which comprise the sinus drainage to create wider openings.
While results of the surgery can vary by individual, published clinica research has indicated that using Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology is safe and effective in dilating sinus openings. Regarding patients who have had sinus surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology over 96% of patients reported that their sinus infection symptoms had stopped or improved.
What are the benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty™?
The Balloon Sinuplasty is minimally invasive and has been clinically demonstrated to be safe by leading Ear, Nose and Throat doctors. Unlike other surgical methods used to clear blocked sinus openings, Balloon Sinuplasty does not remove any bone or tissue and some patients return to normal activities quicker – within 24 hours without other co-morbid conditions. The benefits of using this technology to treat chronic sinusitis symptoms include:
- Minimally Invasive Approach
- Reduced Bleeding
- Improved Recovery Time
- Possibility for Future Treatment Options
The surgical time using Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology can be less than 1 hour. Because it is typically an outpatient surgery, most patients do not require an overnight stay at the hospital.