As a relatively new and minimally invasive procedure, Balloon Sinuplasty may be something that many doctors would not have known about or recommended to their patients. For patients that have been experiencing uncomfortable sinus difficulties for a prolonged period of time, i.e. six months or longer, and have not responded to drug therapy, this procedure could be a solution to living a pain-free life!
What is Balloon Sinuplasty?
Balloon Sinuplasty (BSP) is a minimally invasive procedure to treat chronic sinusitis, which is the inflammation or swelling of the tissue lining sinuses. Sinusitis can cause a variety of symptoms including facial pain and/or pressure, congestion, fever, loss of smell, and even dental pain, among other things. While these symptoms can be acute or chronic, BSP is surgery and is most often considered in managing chronic symptoms.
Balloon Sinuplasty is an alternative to the traditional endoscopic sinus surgery. Balloon Sinuplasty is as effective as traditional surgery but is minimally invasive which means the tissue is preserved by using a balloon catheter versus the cutting and reaming of bone and soft tissue associated with traditional surgery.
How can it help treat chronic sinusitis?
Balloon Sinuplasty has been proven to be very effective in providing lasting relief from chronic sinusitis symptoms. Over 95% say they would choose to have it again if given the choice.
How is Balloon Sinuplasty performed?
Balloon Sinuplasty is completed under general anaesthetic.
During the procedure, the surgeon opens blocked sinus passageways using a small, flexible balloon catheter. This allows the mucus build-up to drain and as a result of this drainage, the patient will likely notice a relief in their chronic sinusitis symptoms immediately. The opening of these inflamed sinuses is done in the same way that Cardiologists open up blocked arteries during a procedure known as balloon angioplasty.
There is no cutting or removal of bone and tissue required during this procedure. And, because the Balloon Sinuplasty is a less invasive treatment it results in almost no downtime, in comparison to traditional sinus surgery which typically requires a few weeks of recovery time.
Is Balloon Sinuplasty right for me?
More than 200,000 patients have been safely treated with Balloon Sinuplasty. Patients suffering from chronic sinusitis that has not been responding well to other medical treatment options, such as antibiotics, may be candidates for a Balloon Sinuplasty.
We offer a short questionnaire online that can help determine if this procedure is right for you. A Consultation is the best place to begin to discuss options and determine what would be the best strategy based on your symptoms, medical history, and other determining factors.