Balloon sinuplasty devices represent a new technology in the opening of blocked sinuses, and in many cases, without tissue or bone removal.
Step 1: Using the Balloon Sinuplasty® system, your physician gently places a Sinus Guide Catheter and a flexible Sinus Guidewire through the nostrils to access the target sinus. Then a Sinus Balloon Catheter is advanced over the Sinus Guidewire.
Step 2: The Sinus Balloon Catheter is positioned across the blocked sinus opening and gently inflated.
Step 3: The Balloon Sinuplasty® system is removed, leaving an open sinus passageway and restoring normal sinus drainage and function.
While use of any surgical instrument involves some risk, clinical studies have shown the Balloon SinuplastyTM system to be safe and effective in relieving symptoms of sinusitis.
The technology uses small, soft, flexible devices that are introduced through the nostrils. These devices gently open blocked sinus openings.
Because in many cases, no tissue or bone is removed during surgery using this technology, there may be reduced bleeding. As a result, the need for uncomfortable nasal packing may also be eliminated.
While recovery time varies with each patient, many people can return to normal activity within 24 hours.
The Balloon SinuplastyTM technology is an endoscopic tool and may be used with other medical therapies or surgical techniques. It does not limit future treatment options if you have progressive disease.