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Sinus Surgery

Balloon Sinuplasty

A Minimally Invasive Surgery to Treat Chronic Sinusitis in Adults & Children

Balloon Sinuplasty is a breakthrough procedure that relieves the pain and pressure associated with chronic sinusitis in both adults and children. It is used by surgeons to safely and effectively treat chronic sinusitis patients who are not responding well to medications such as antibiotics, nasal steroids, or over-the-counter drugs, and are seeking relief from uncomfortable and painful sinusitis symptoms. Similar to how angioplasty uses balloons to open blocked arteries, Balloon Sinuplasty opens blocked sinuses and is approved by the FDA. The procedure is less invasive than traditional sinus surgery. It allows most patients to return to normal activities quickly.1

With Balloon Sinuplasty, a specially-designed catheter is inserted into the nose to reach the inflamed sinus cavity. A small balloon is slowly inflated, which widens and restructures the walls of the sinus passage, helping to drain mucus from the blocked sinus and restore normal sinus drainage without cutting and with minimal bleeding. This approach also preserves the natural structure of the sinuses.

Published clinical data shows that Balloon Sinuplasty provides symptom relief for the majority of patients:

In the operating room:

  • A multi-center study of 1,036 patients who had Balloon Sinuplasty reported that sinus symptoms improved in 95 percent of patients at an average follow-up period of 9 months.2
  • Another multi-center study followed 65 patients who had Balloon Sinuplasty and reported clinically and statistically significant improvement in patient symptoms out to two years.3

In the office:

  • Ninety-five percent of patients who have had Balloon Sinuplasty say they would have it again.4

1 Wynn, R. and Vaughan, W. “Post-op Pain after FESS with BST” poster AAO 2006.

2 Levine et al, “Multicenter Registry of Balloon Catheter Sinusotomy Outcomes for 1,036 Patients.” Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology, 117(4):263-270, 2008.

3 Weiss et al. “Long-term outcome analysis of balloon catheter sinusotomy: Two-year follow-up.” Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (2008) 139, S38-S46.

4 ORIOS I, office-based dilation, Data on file #006.

Balloon Sinuplasty is performed under general anesthesia in an outpatient setting. The reported complication rate for Balloon Sinuplasty is low. Patients who suffer from chronic sinusitis and are not responding well to medications may benefit from seeing an Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) physician who performs Balloon Sinuplasty to determine if the procedure is right for them. Most insurance companies and Medicare provide coverage for Balloon Sinuplasty.

Balloon Sinuplasty is intended for use by or under the direction of a doctor. There are associated risks, including tissue and mucosal trauma, infection, or possible optic injury. Interested individuals should speak with their doctor about the risks and benefits and to determine whether Balloon Sinuplasty is right for them.

Call (954) 370-5585 for free referral to a physician who performs Balloon Sinuplasty.

photo of balloon sinuplasty surgery

Balloon Sinuplasty opens blocked sinus cavities in four easy steps:

  1. A guide wire and balloon catheter are inserted into the inflamed sinus,
  2. The balloon is inflated to expand the sinus opening,
  3. Saline is sprayed into the infected sinus cavity to flush out pus and mucus,
  4. The system is removed, leaving the sinuses open.

Chronic sinus infections are inflammation of the sinus lining lasting three months or more. They are most commonly caused by bacterial, viral and/or microbial infections. Structural issues such as blockage of the sinus opening is closed, normal mucus drainage may not occur. This condition may lead to infection and inflammation of sinuses.

  • A cold lasting more than 10-14 days, sometimes low-grade fever
  • Thick yellow-green nasal drainage
  • Post-nasal drip, sometimes leading to or exhibited as sore throat, cough, bad breath, nausea and/or vomiting
  • Headache, usually not before age 6
  • Swelling around the eyes
  • Facial pain and pressure
  • Nasal congestion or fullness
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Difficulty with breathing through the nose
  • Yellow or green mucus discharge from the nose
  • Teeth pain
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Bad breath