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Balloon Sinuplasty for Chronic Sinusitis

Instant recovery, lasting relief

If you suffer from poor sinus drainage, you already know that antibiotics, decongestants, and steroids can do only so much. Balloon Sinuplasty is a simple office procedure that gently expands the natural sinus openings to fix underlying drainage problems.

Until recently, sufferers of chronic or recurrent sinusitis were limited to two treatment options: medication therapy or aggressive sinus surgery. Fortunately, advances in medical science have opened new doors. Now there's a treatment that can be performed in your doctor’s office without the need for cutting or tissue removal.

Balloon Sinuplasty is a minimally invasive office procedure, performed under local anesthesia, that delivers immediate and long-lasting relief. Your doctor will reshape your sinus pathways by inflating small balloons in key places in the nose and sinuses, restoring drainage.

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In Office Balloon Sinuplasty - How it is done

Step 1. A balloon catheter is inserted into the inflamed sinus.

Balloon Sinuplasty - Step 1

Step 2. The balloon is inflated to expand the sinus opening.

Balloon Sinuplasty - Step 2

Step 4. The balloon is deflated and removed, leaving the sinuses open.

Balloon Sinuplasty - Step 4


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balloon Sinuplasty Procedure Animation


Frequently Asked Questions

What is sinusitis?

Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinus lining. If the sinus opening becomes blocked due to this swelling, normal mucus drainage may not occur, and this may lead to recurrent sinus infections and painful symptoms. Sinusitis can be acute, lasting for less than four weeks, or chronic, lasting longer than 12 weeks. When sinus symptoms last longer than 12 weeks, you should see one of our ENT doctors for a diagnosis.

What is the difference between chronic sinusitis and allergies or colds?

Sinusitis is often preceded by a cold or allergy attack. Colds and allergies can lead to inflamed sinuses, causing the sinus openings to become blocked. This prevents normal mucus drainage and can result in sinusitis.

How is sinusitis treated?

Sinusitis can be treated non-surgically with natural therapy such as inhaling steam or using saline nasal sprays, or ENT doctors can prescribe medications such as antibiotics or nasal steroid sprays. However, clinical studies show at least 20% of chronic sinusitis patients are not successfully treated with medical therapy. For patients who do not respond adequately to medications, an ENT doctor may recommend sinus surgery.

Traditional sinus surgery removes bone and tissue to enlarge the sinus opening with the aim of clearing blocked sinuses and restoring normal sinus drainage. With this procedure, sinus surgery recovery is often associated with pain and scarring.

Balloon Sinuplasty is a breakthrough, minimally invasive procedure that ENT doctors use to treat patients with chronic sinusitis. A tiny balloon is placed into the nose to reach the blocked sinuses and then inflated to restructure the sinus opening. The procedure is safe, effective and has a quick recovery.

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What are the advantages of the Balloon Sinuplasty over traditional sinus surgery?

Balloon Sinuplasty is less invasive than traditional surgery with minimal bleeding and low post-op pain. Most people can get back to normal activities and work quickly.

How long does symptom relief last after Balloon Sinuplasty?

Results vary by individual. A clinical study of 1,036 patients at multiple institutions reported that sinus symptoms improved in 95% of patients at an average follow-up period of 9 months. In another study, patients reported symptom improvement up to two years after having the procedure.

What are the risks associated with Balloon Sinuplasty?

Because Balloon Sinuplasty is less invasive than traditional sinus surgery there is a low complication rate. But there are some associated risks, including tissue and mucosal trauma, infection, or possible optic injury. Talk one of our ENT doctors about the risks and benefits and to determine whether Balloon Sinuplasty is right for you.

How long does it take to recover after Balloon Sinuplasty?

While recovery time varies with each patient, most patients who undergo the in-office procedure can return to normal activities and work within 2 days.

Is Balloon Sinuplasty right for me?

It is important to talk to one of our ENT doctors about all of your sinus treatment options and ask what type of sinus therapy is best for you. If you suffer from chronic sinusitis, and sinus medications have not been effective in relieving your symptoms, you may be a candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty.


Written Testimonial

"Before surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty, my normal day started with a headache, sinus congestion and a battle with sinus infections. Along with not being able to take normal breathes through my nose. I tried various over-the-counter medications to fight only to get some or no relief at all.

I experienced immediate results after surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty. No more waking up with headaches, sinus congestion and no more battle with sinus infections. I can now breathe fully through both nostrils. I had no pain after surgery and the recovery was so easy to go through.

It’s been a few months since the procedure and I feel awesome! No more sinus problems or headaches and taking breaths through my nose is like no other feeling!"

- Sue B.

Video Testimonials

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Sino-Nasal Outcome Test (SNOT-20)

Click the button below you will find a list of symptoms and social/emotional consequences of your rhinosinusitis. To find out your score, simply answer the f questions to the best of your ability.

HOW TO TAKE THIS TEST: Consider how severe the problem is when you experience it and how frequently it happens.

Take the SNOT Test

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