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What is Balloon Sinuplasty?

Balloon Sinuplasty (BSP) is a safe and effective sinus procedure for chronic sinusitis patients seeking relief from uncomfortable sinus pain symptoms. Now Available in the ENT Office.

The Major Advantages of Balloon Sinuplasty are:

  • Safe & Less Invasive
  • Performed In-Office Under Local, Topical Anesthesia
  • Proven Effective with Fast Recovery
  • Requires No Cutting or Removal of Bone or Tissue
  • Covered by Most Major Insurance Companies
  • Very Little to No Pain
  • Significantly decreases the risks associated with traditional sinus surgery

In-Office Balloon Sinuplasty Eliminates General Anesthesia Risks

There are no general anesthesia-related risks as previously encountered with traditional sinus surgery. Pre-existing cardiac (heart), pulmonary (lung), or systemic (diabetes, liver, kidney) medical conditions pose higher general anesthesia health risks. Since the procedure is performed in the office setting under local anesthesia, these risks are virtually eliminated using in-office Balloon Sinuplasty.

How Does Balloon Sinuplasty Work?

Balloon Sinuplasty (BSP) uses a small, flexible, balloon catheter to open up blocked sinus passageways and facilitate drainage of the mucus that builds up in patients suffering from chronic sinusitis symptoms.

When the sinus balloon is inflated, it restructures and widens the walls of the sinus passageway while maintaining the integrity of the sinus lining.

Published clinical data in the leading ENT journals shows that it is safe and effective: patients experienced no device-related adverse events and demonstrated statistically and clinically significant improvement in their sinusitis symptoms.

Unlike traditional sinus surgery, Balloon Sinuplasty requires no cutting and no removal of bone and tissue.

Balloon Sinuplasty Illustration step 1

Step 1: Gain Access to the Sinus.

To gain initial sinus access, the sinus guide catheter is introduced into the nasal cavity to target the sinus ostia under endoscopic visualization. The sinus guidewire or the sinus illumination system is introduced through the sinus guide catheter and gently advanced into the target sinus.

Balloon Sinuplasty Illustration step 2

Step 2: Inflate Balloon Across Opening.

The sinus balloon catheter is introduced over the sinus guidewire or sinus illumination system and positioned across the blocked ostium. The position of the sinus balloon catheter is confirmed and the balloon is gradually inflated to open and remodel the narrowed or blocked ostium.

Balloon Sinuplasty Illustration step 3

Step 3: Remove Balloon and Irrigate Sinus.

The sinus balloon catheter is then deflated and removed. The irrigation catheter is advanced over the sinus guidewire or sinus illumination system into the target sinus. The sinus is then irrigated and cleaned.

Balloon Sinuplasty Illustration step 4

Step 4: Remove System.

The irrigation catheter is removed, leaving the sinus open and the sinus cleared of mucus allowing the return of sinus drainage. There is little to no disruption to mucosal lining.

 Who is the Ideal Balloon Sinuplasty Candidate?

Ideal candidates for Balloon Sinuplasty are patients that meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Recurrent and/or chronic sinusitis: patients that have been treated for multiple sinus infections with multiple antibiotics, failed treatment with nasal sprays, failed treatment with nasal lavages (washing/rinsing), and have symptoms of facial/sinus pressure and discomfort
  • Nasal congestion due to sinusitis and inflammation of the nasal passages and sinus openings
  • Abnormal sinus anatomy that prevents normal drainage and ventilation of the sinuses
  • Nasal/Sinus/Facial pressure or pain due to chronic or recurrent sinusitis
  • Any condition of the nasal or oral airway that may cause chronic or recurrent sinusitis

What is The Recovery Like After the Balloon Sinuplasty Procedure?

  • Activity – Resume normal activity within 24 hours
  • Pain – Tylenol or Motrin can be used as needed. If, however, you experience slightly more pain, please feel free to request a stronger pain medicine to help control your pain.
  • Medication – Resume nasal steroid sprays for 7 days. Resume oral antihistamines and all other medications immediately. If you are taking any blood thinning medications (aspirin, Plavix, clopidogrel, warfarin, Coumadin, or others) please consult your surgeon before stopping or restarting these medications.
  • Diet – Resume your normal diet the same day
  • Shower/Bath – No restrictions
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