The painful symptoms associated with chronic sinusitis can be overwhelming. If symptoms are difficult to control with medications alone, your primary doctor may refer you to an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist. At ENT Faculty Practice we can determine the best course of treatment, including further medication therapy or surgery to open the sinus passageways.
What is Balloon Sinuplasty™?
One surgical option for blocked sinus treatment is balloon sinuplasty. Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that treats chronic sinusitis. Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinus lining and some patients can develop an infection. If patients are not responding well to antibiotics they may be a candidate for balloon sinuplasty. Balloon sinuplasty is used to improve symptoms of chronic sinusitis by opening the blockage that is preventing sinus drainage.
Benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty™
The benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty technology for treating chronic sinusitis symptoms include:
- Safe and Effective - While the use of any surgical instrument involves some risk, clinical research has indicated the Balloon Sinuplasty™ system to be safe and effective in relieving symptoms of sinusitis.
- Minimally Invasive - The technology uses small, soft, flexible devices that enter entirely through the nostrils. These devices gently open blocked sinus openings, and in many cases, without tissue or bone removal.
- Reduced Bleeding - Because in many instances no tissue or bone is removed when using this technology, there may be reduced bleeding associated with the procedure.
- Improved Recovery Time - While recovery time varies with each patient, many people can return to normal activities within 24 hours.
- Does Not Limit Treatment Options - This technology is an endoscopic tool and may be used with other medical therapies or sinus surgery techniques. It does not limit future treatment options if you have progressive disease.
Balloon Sinuplasty™ Technology
Balloon Sinuplasty is an FDA-cleared endoscopic, catheter-based system that features a small, flexible, sinus balloon catheter which opens up blocked sinus passageways and restores normal sinus drainage. Recently published data in the leading ENT journal shows that the technology is safe and effective. Study participants experienced no adverse events and received significant relief from their symptoms.
Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology should only be used by qualified ENT physicians as it involves the use of tiny balloons to open blocked sinuses. This is similar to how angioplasty uses balloons to open blocked coronary arteries. Patients now have a less invasive option that is clinically proven to be safe, effective and improve the quality of your life.
The Balloon Sinuplasty Procedure
A balloon sinuplasty may be performed in a hospital, ambulatory-surgery setting or doctor's office. The procedure is commonly performed while the patient is sedated under general anesthesia but, in some cases, may be performed under local anesthetic. During the procedure, a sinus-illumination system with laser-tipped guides keeps the area well-lit so that our physicians can see the site accurately. To start, our physicians will insert a guide catheter, that is attached to a wire and a small balloon, through the nostril and near the sinus opening. The balloon is then inflated which gently restructures and widens the walls of the passageway while maintaining the integrity of the sinus lining.
Next, another catheter, called an irrigation catheter, is inserted to cleanse the sinus with a saline solution. After the opening of the affected sinus is cleared, the balloon is deflated and removed, but the sinus remains open. By gently reconfiguring the structure of the bones in the nose, the catheter restores normal sinus drainage, and keeps post-operative pain and bleeding to a minimum.
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Recovery From Balloon Sinuplasty
Most patients can return home the same day as the procedure. For 3 to 5 days after surgery, it is possible patients will experience bloody discharge. Additionally, pain and sinus pressure can occur. We recommend acetaminophen to relieve the pain but patients should avoid any nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications as they can cause additional bleeding. Nasal congestion is common, but, patients can expect their nasal passages and breathing to return to normal about 2 to 3 weeks following surgery.
Risks Of Balloon Sinuplasty
As with the use of any surgical instrument, there are risks, and they can vary from patient to patient. However, balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure so risks are minimal. These can include bleeding, swelling, and infection.
Balloon Sinuplasty at ENT Faculty Practice
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Balloon Sinuplasty™ FAQ
What is the Balloon Sinuplasty™ system?
The Balloon Sinuplasty™ system is the name used for a group of medical devices that are used to create openings in your sinuses. The devices use a small, flexible balloon that is placed into the nose to reach the sinuses. The balloon is gradually inflated to gently restructure the previously blocked nasal passage, restoring normal sinus drainage.
What are the Balloon Sinuplasty™ devices?
The Balloon Sinuplasty™ devices are FDA-cleared, endoscopic, catheter-based instruments specifically designed to be used in sinus surgery. The Sinus Balloon Catheter is gradually inflated to gently restructure the previously blocked sinus opening, which restores normal sinus drainage, without damaging the sinus.
Does surgery with the Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology work?
Clinical research has indicated that using Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology is safe and effective in dilating sinus openings.
How long does symptom relief last after surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology?
Results vary by individual. Published clinical data has shown the following regarding patients who have had sinus surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology:
- A study of 1,036 patients at multiple institutions reported that sinus symptoms improved in 96% of patients at an average follow-up period of 10 months.
- Another study followed 65 patients at multiple institutions and reported clinically and statistically significant improvement in patient symptoms out to 2 years.
How do sinus openings stay open after surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology?
Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology dilates sinus openings, or ostia by pushing aside bones which comprise the sinus ostia. Moving bone remodels the sinus ostia, creating wider openings.
Are the Balloon Sinuplasty™ devices safe?
The Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology is minimally invasive and has been clinically demonstrated to be safe by leading Ear, Nose and Throat doctors. Finally, unlike other surgical methods used to clear blocked sinus openings, Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology does not remove any bone or tissue and some patients return to normal activities quicker – within 24 hours without other co-morbid conditions.
What are the risks of surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology?
Your healthcare provider can best explain the potential risks of surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology. In all published clinical data, no serious adverse events attributable to the Balloon Sinuplasty™ system have been reported.
How long does surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology take?
The duration of the procedure varies by individual situations. Ask your healthcare provider for the most accurate answer.
In a study of 1,036 patients who underwent sinus surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology at multiple institutions, an average procedure time was 3 hours, including the surgery and post-anesthesia recovery time. None of the patient required an overnight stay at the hospital.
Will I require general anesthesia for surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology?
Most patients undergo general anesthesia for sinus surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology, but some patient have had the procedure under local anesthesia. Your healthcare provider can best advise you on your anesthesia options.
How long does it take to recover from a typical surgery using the Balloon Sinuplasty™ system?
Because the system is minimally invasive it is typically used in an outpatient setting. While recovery time will vary from patient to patient, many people can return to normal activities within 24 hours after surgery.
Does surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty™ devices limit my treatment options?
No. Balloon Sinuplasty™ devices are endoscopic tools used within conventional sinus surgery and may be used with other medical therapies. They do not limit future treatment options for patients.
Are Balloon Sinuplasty™ devices right for me?
If you suffer from sinusitis, and medication alone has not been effective in relieving your symptoms, you may be a candidate for surgery using the Balloon Sinuplasty™ devices. To find out if you are a candidate for the Balloon Sinuplasty™ devices, click here. We also encourage you to talk to your doctor about whether use of these FDA-cleared, endoscopic, catheter-based tools is right for you.
Who uses Balloon Sinuplasty™ devices?
Ear, Nose, and Throat physicians who have been trained on the Relieva Balloon Sinuplasty™ devices.
Are Balloon Sinuplasty™ devices covered by Medicare?
Yes. Medicare covers endoscopic sinus surgery when any combination of tools, including a balloon catheter, is used to perform the procedure.
What are patients saying about sinus surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology?
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