If you have been diagnosed with chronic sinusitis and are not responding well to medication, or if you have recurrent acute rhinosinusitis, you may be a candidate for sinus surgery. At Potomac ENT we provide comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for chronic sinusitis and here is now a less invasive technology used to treat patients with chronic and recurrent acute sinusitis.
What is Balloon Sinuplasty?
- Safe & Less Invasive
With Balloon Sinuplasty, there is no cutting of nasal bone or tissue. More than 330,000 patients suffering from sinusitis have been treated by physicians using Balloon Sinuplasty technology.
- Proven Effective
Most chronic sinusitis patients report clinically meaningful improvement in sinus symptoms and quality of life through 2 years following surgery.
- Fast Recovery
While recovery time varies with each patient, recovery is typically fast. In a study of in-office balloon dilation, most patients returned to work and normal activity within 2 days.
- Available in the Office
Balloon Sinuplasty is now performed by some doctors in their office under local anesthesia.
Balloon Sinuplasty (BSP) is a safe and effective procedure for many patients seeking relief from uncomfortable and painful sinusitis symptoms.
With Balloon Sinuplasty, Potomac ENT doctors open inflamed sinuses in the same way that heart surgeons open up blocked arteries during balloon angioplasty. The procedure is less invasive than traditional sinus surgery, and effective at relieving symptoms of chronic sinusitis. Balloon Sinuplasty allows patients to return to normal activities quickly. Unlike conventional sinus surgery, it does not include removal of bone or tissue from the nose.
Unlike traditional sinus surgery, Balloon Sinuplasty requires no cutting and no removal of bone and tissue.
Balloon Sinuplasty (BSP) uses a small, flexible, balloon catheter to open up blocked sinus passageways and facilitate drainage of the mucus that builds up in patients suffering from chronic sinusitis symptoms.
A balloon catheter is inserted into the inflamed sinus.
The balloon is inflated to expand the sinus opening.
Saline is sprayed into the inflamed sinus to flush out the pus and mucus.
The system is removed, leaving the sinuses open.
When the sinus balloon is inflated, it restructures and widens the walls of the sinus passageway while maintaining the integrity of the sinus lining.
Published clinical data in the leading ENT journals shows that it is safe and effective: patients experienced no device-related adverse events and demonstrated statistically and clinically significant improvement in their sinusitis symptoms.