What Is Balloon Sinuplasty?
Approved by the FDA in 2005, Balloon Sinuplasty™ is a safe and effective procedure that relieves the pain and pressure associated with chronic or recurring sinusitis. It is used by surgeons to safely and effectively treat patients who are not responding well to medications such as antibiotics, nasal steroids or over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. As opposed to traditional sinus surgery, Balloon Sinuplasty™ is a breakthrough outpatient procedure that can be performed under local anesthesia in the doctor’s office or under general anesthesia in an outpatient surgery center. Most people can resume work and light activity the following day and notice their overall quality of life has significantly improved. With Balloon Sinuplasty™, a catheter is inserted into the nose to reach the inflamed sinus cavity. A small balloon is inflated to open up blocked sinus passageways, which widens and restructures the walls of the sinus passage. This process helps drain mucus from the blocked sinus. The balloon is then removed, leaving the sinuses open with normal sinus drainage and relief of sinus pressure. This approach is similar to balloon angioplasty — a procedure performed by heart surgeons that opens blocked arteries. There are several benefits to in-office Balloon Sinuplasty™ over traditional surgery:
• Delivers instant, long-lasting relief
• Quick recovery
• Convenient, comfortable office setting
• No general anesthesia
• May reduce healthcare costs
Dr. Sinha was the first ENT specialist in Atlanta to offer this proven treatment option. More than 95 percent of patients who have undergone this procedure say they would have it again. If you have any additional questions or would like to make an appointment, please contact us.