What Is Balloon Sinuplasty?
Balloon Sinuplasty is a revolutionary, minimally invasive alternative to traditional sinus surgery that enables permanent relief for sinus symptoms. In addition to little or no recovery times, other benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty include:
- Fast improvement of symptoms
- Virtually no pain or bleeding
- Procedures can be completed at doctor’s office in less than an hour
Overview Of The Balloon Sinuplasty Procedure
Doctors thread a guide wire equipped with a tiny balloon into the nostrils and up to the area of blockage. They then inflate the balloon just enough to open the passageway. Sinuses are opened in the same way that doctors open up blocked arteries during a balloon angioplasty. The technology is minimally invasive and safe. Tens of thousands of patients have experienced the benefits of the Balloon Sinuplasty™ system.
How does it work?
Step 1. Gain Access to the Sinus.
To gain initial sinus access, the sinus guide catheter is introduced into the nasal cavity to target the sinus ostia under endoscopic visualization. The sinus guide wire or the sinus illumination system is introduced through the sinus guide catheter and gently advanced into the target sinus.
Step 2. Inflate Balloon Across Ostium.
The sinus balloon catheter is introduced over the sinus guide wire or sinus illumination system and positioned across the blocked ostium. The position of the sinus balloon catheter is confirmed and the balloon is gradually inflated to open and remodel the narrowed or blocked ostium.
Step 3. Remove Balloon and Irrigate Sinus.
The sinus balloon catheter is then deflated and removed. The irrigation catheter is advanced over the sinus guide wire or sinus illumination system into the target sinus. The sinus is then irrigated, flushing tenacious sinus contents—like pus and mucus.
Step 4. Remove System.
The irrigation catheter is removed, leaving the ostium open and the sinus cleared of mucus allowing the return of sinus drainage. There is little to no disruption to mucosal lining.