Balloon Sinuplasty Protocol
Balloon sinuplasty involves little to no tissue removal inside the nose and sinuses. At the present time, it is used to open the frontal, maxillary and sphenoid sinuses. Because the technique was recently introduced, surgeons are still learning which patients it will work best for and when it is the appropriate choice of device for surgery. Situations that balloon sinuplasty is usually not appropriate for are cases of large nasal polyps or significant scarring from previous sinus surgery
Long-term success rates are not yet available. However, studies conducted so far appear promising with many selected patients reporting good results. Patients who undergo balloon sinuplasty appear to have a little less pain and bleeding during the post-operative period. There are many new studies in progress that may soon help physicians better determine how the balloon sinuplasty device fits into the sinusitis management spectrum.
Balloon Sinuplasty technology is an endoscopic, catheter-based system for patients suffering from sinusitis. The FDA-cleared technology uses a small, flexible, sinus balloon catheter to open up blocked sinus passageways, restoring normal sinus drainage. When the sinus balloon is inflated, it gently restructures and widens the walls of the passageway while maintaining the integrity of the sinus lining.
Balloon Sinuplasty technology is used by qualified Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) physicians and involves the use of tiny balloons to open blocked sinuses similar to how angioplasty uses balloons to open blocked coronary arteries.
Balloon Sinuplasty Benefits
Safe and Effective - While 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.
As with use of any surgical instrument, there are risks, and results may vary from patient to patient. Talk with your doctor about your specific condition to find out if the Balloon Sinuplasty system is right for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is sinusitis?
What are the common symptoms of sinusitis?
- Facial pain, pressure, congestion or fullness
- Difficulty breathing through the nose
- Discharge of yellow or green mucus from the nose
- Teeth pain
- Loss of the sense of smell or taste
- Sore throat
- Bad breath
What types of doctors treat sinusitis?
How is sinusitis treated?
- Medical therapy
- Endoscopic sinus surgery with cutting instruments
- Endoscopic sinus surgery with balloon catheters
Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (with cutting instruments)
Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (with Balloon Sinuplasty technology)
What is the Balloon Sinuplasty system?
What are the Balloon Sinuplasty devices?
Does surgery with the Balloon Sinuplasty technology work?
How long does symptom relief last after 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?
Are the Balloon Sinuplasty devices safe?
What are the risks of surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty technology?
How long does surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty technology take?
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.