Balloon sinuplasty is a special type of ESS in which a small balloon is inserted into the individual sinus openings and dilated to make them larger. The balloon is then removed. Balloon sinuplasty can be performed in the operating room or under local anesthesia at one of our Houston sinus clinics as a treatment option for sinusitis. The steps are as follows.
Using the balloon system, a sinus guide catheter and a flexible sinus guidewire are inserted through the nostrils to access the target sinus. A sinus balloon catheter is then advanced over the sinus guidewire.
The sinus balloon catheter is positioned across the blocked sinus opening and gently inflated.
The balloon sinuplasty system is removed, leaving an open sinus passageway and restoring normal sinus drainage and function.
In many cases, no tissue or bone are removed during surgery using this technology, so there is reduced bleeding. As a result, the need for uncomfortable nasal packing may also be eliminated.
This does not limit your treatment options. The balloon sinuplasty 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 a progressive disease.