Balloon Sinus Dilation (Balloon Sinuplasty)
What kind of procedure is this?
Clinical studies have shown that 20% or more of chronic sinusitis patients fail to get relief of symptoms simply with medications.1 For those patients, traditional sinus surgery may be recommended. Traditional sinus surgery is an invasive procedure done in a surgical setting under general anesthesia and enlarges the sinus opening by removing bone and tissue. It normally requires post-op nasal packing, and can result in facial bruising and a painful, extended recovery period.
Balloon Sinus Dilation (balloon sinuplasty) is a minimally invasive procedure developed from the same techniques used by cardiologists to open blocked blood vessels. Ear Nose & Throat specialists use this advanced technology in-office to treat sinus passages blocked by chronic sinusitis. These physicians can now offer this an alternative to traditional sinus surgery that is more convenient, cost-efficient, and satisfactory for the majority of their sinus patients.
Balloon Sinus Dilation takes about an hour 2, is safe, effective and has a quick recovery time. 3, 4 Its effectiveness is proven to open blocked sinus passageways and let you enjoy long-lasting relief. 2
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And, how does Balloon Sinus Dilation Work?
First, topical and/or local anesthetics are applied and the sinus area to be drained is located.
After the device is carefully positioned, the small balloon will be gently inflated to dilate the blocked area.
The balloon is then deflated and removed, leaving the passageway open. Drainage and normal sinus function are restored.
How do I know that Balloon Sinus Dilation will work for ME?
As revolutionary as Balloon Sinus Dilation is, it may not be the answer to every patient’s sinus problem. The first step is to see one of our board certified Otolaryngologists for a definite diagnosis. This will include a complete history of your symptoms and treatments combined with a thorough examination. Additional testing and scans may be recommended by your doctor as necessary
If you are suffering from sinus symptoms that last longer than 12 weeks, or if you have sinus infections multiple times a year, you could be a candidate for Balloon Sinus Dilation to significantly improve your quality of life.4
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Important Safety Information
Balloon Sinuplasty Technology is intended for use by or under the direction of a physician. Consult your physician for a full discussion of associated risks and benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty Technology and to determine whether this procedure is right for you.
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Levine et al. Multicenter Registry of Balloon Catheter Sinusotomy Outcomes for 1,036 Patients, Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology, 2008, Vol. 117, pp. 263-270.
Karanfilov B, et al. Office-Based balloon sinus dilation: a prospective, multicenter study of 203 patients. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol; Nov 2012 Epub.
Weiss, et al. “Long-term outcome analysis of balloon catheter sinusotomy: Two-year follow-up.” Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 2008, Vol. 139, pp. S38-S46.