IN OFFICE PROCEDURES
Balloon Sinuplasty for Chronic Sinusitis Relief:
Balloon Sinuplasty is a breakthrough procedure that relieves the pain and pressure associated with chronic sinusitis. 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 (OTC) drugs, and are seeking relief from uncomfortable and painful sinusitis symptoms.
Balloon Sinuplasty is performed under general anesthesia in an outpatient setting; however, some surgeons are choosing to treat certain patients in their office under local anesthesia. 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 has been used to treat more than 510,000 patients, in over 560,000 procedures (over 88,000 procedures in the office) since receiving FDA clearance.
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.