Sinus Conditions & Treatment
Balloon Sinuplasty™ is designed to improve the drainage of the sinuses, similar to endoscopic
sinus surgery. Balloon sinuplasty technology extends the sinus surgery
evolution by offering the surgeon additional tools for endoscopic surgery.
It uses a small, flexible, sinus balloon catheter to open up blocked sinus
passageways similar to the way angioplasty uses balloons to open blocked
coronary arteries. In balloon sinuplasty, a small sinus balloon catheter
is threaded through the sinus passages and introduced into the sinus.
When the sinus balloon is inflated, it gently restructures and widens
the walls of the passageway while maintaining the integrity of the sinus.
This restores normal sinus drainage and function, while preserving normal
anatomy and mucosal tissue.
Balloon Sinuplasty™ Benefits
Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology for treating chronic sinusitis symptoms include safety, effectiveness,
reduced bleeding, improved recovery time, the use of minimally invasive
techniques, and flexibility in future treatment options.
Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
The most common procedure for treatment of chronic sinusitis is
endoscopic sinus surgery. Endoscopic sinus surgery is used to unblock the sinuses when drug therapy
is not effective or if there are complications of sinusitis such as structural
abnormalities, spread of infection into the eye or fungal sinusitis. In
endoscopic sinus surgery, fiber-optic surgical techniques are utilized
to open the natural drainage areas of the sinuses and remove polyps, if
present. Endoscopic sinus surgery unblocks obstructions, allowing ventilation
and drainage, thus relieving sinus headaches and congestion, improving
nasal breathing and often enhancing the sense of smell.
Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS), is a term that encompasses an approach for correction of sinus
disease. Generally, surgery is indicated for recurrent episodes of acute
sinusitis which occur frequently enough to disrupt your lifestyle, chronic
sinusitis unresponsive to antibiotics and/or irrigation of the sinuses,
and biopsy or removal of a mass or polyp within the sinuses.