Balloon Sinuplasty ™
The Alternative to Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
Balloon Sinuplasty™ or Balloon Sinus Dilation is a safe and effective non-surgical procedure for patients who suffer from chronic sinusitis symptoms and do not respond well to medications such as antibiotics and nasal sprays. Previously, sinus surgery in the operating room was the only option, but now a less invasive option is available that is clinically proven to improve your quality of life.
This procedure was introduced in 2005 and the concept comes from the fields of interventional cardiology where tiny balloons have been used for years to gently dilate blocked arteries. The goal in fixing chronic sinusitis is to open blocked sinus passages to allow adequate ventilation and restore natural drainage. Balloon Sinuplasty™ has been clinically demonstrated to be an effective and extremely safe procedure which can be performed in the office.
How Balloon Sinuplasty™ is Performed
The process of Balloon Sinuplasty™ allows us to unblock inflamed sinuses. Using endoscopes, the sinus is entered by threading the opening. A deflated balloon is advanced and then balloon is inflated to widen the natural opening into the sinus. After about 5 seconds, the balloon is deflated and withdrawn. This procedure is repeated for any other sinuses which are blocked. The sinus opening, or ostia, remain open because they are actually lined with thin bone. The balloon pushed the bone in the ostia a few millimeters in all directions so it is big enough for the sinuses to drain properly. Because the bone maintains its rigidity, it does not collapse back after being opened with the balloon.
The diagrams below illustrate the inflamed maxillary sinus (shown in green) and how Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology opens the blockage that is preventing the drainage of the sinuses.
- To gain initial sinus access, a catheter is guided into the nasal cavity to target the sinus under endoscopic visualization. Please note: you will be under local anesthesia and will not feel a thing.
- The sinus balloon catheter is 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.
- The balloon is removed and the sinus is irrigated.
- The sinus balloon catheter is then deflated and removed, leaving the sinus cleared of mucus allowing the return of sinus drainage.
You will be able to eat, drink and go home on the day of your procedure. Most patients return to work and normal activity within two days. After the treatment you will have little if any discomfort. Some of our patients state that they feel that their nose is slightly congested but no reports of pain have been indicated.
Advantages of Balloon Sinuplasty™ vs Traditional Sinus Surgery
Balloon Sinuplasty™ Advantages
- Safe, fast, effective
- Performed in the office under local anesthesia, sometimes with a light anti-anxiety medication.
- Most patients report clinically meaningful improvement in sinus symptoms and quality of life through 2 years following surgery.
- Recovery time 1-2 days
- Enlarges the opening of the sinuses without any cutting or removal of bone or soft tissue, preserving the normal anatomy and mucosal tissue of the sinus.
- Less invasive: minimal bleeding, less pre-operative pain and faster recovery
- Can be used along with other sinus treatment options
- Does not limit future sinus treatment options if necessary
Traditional Sinus Surgery (Endoscopic Sinus Surgery)
- Performed under general anesthesia in an Operating Room
- Recovery time 4-6 weeks
- Invasive, utilizing cutting instruments to remove the tissue
- More post-operative issues such as bleeding, pain, etc.