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.
Balloon Sinuplasty™ Technology
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 block the sinus drainage to create wider openings.
While results of the surgery can vary by individual, published clinical 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 percent 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
The technology uses small, soft, flexible devices that enter entirely through the nostrils. These devices gently open blocked sinus openings, and in many cases, without tissue or bone removal.
- Reduced Bleeding
Because in many instances no tissue or bone is removed when using this technology, there may be reduced bleeding associated with the procedure. With less bleeding comes quicker healing.
- Improved Recovery Time
Because the system is minimally invasive it is typically used in an outpatient setting. After this procedure, many people can return to normal activities within 24 hours.
- Possibility for Future Treatment Options
This technology is an endoscopic tool and may be used with other medical therapies or sinus surgery techniques. It does not limit future treatment options if you have progressive disease.
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.
As with use of any surgical instrument, there are risks, and results may vary from patient to patient. Talk with your doctor about your specific condition to find out if the Balloon Sinuplasty™ system is right for you.