Ear, Nose and Throat
Sinusitis Treatment: Balloon Sinuplasty
An estimated 35 million Americans are affected by sinusitis every year, making it more common than heart disease or asthma. While medication treatments are available, surgery is often the best way to find permanent relief.
Though effective, traditional surgery involves removing bone and tissue to open the sinuses. At Sharp, we offer balloon sinuplasty™, a safe, minimally invasive surgical procedure for patients needing relief from sinusitis.
What is sinusitis?
Sinusitis is a swelling of the inner lining of the sinuses, which are the spaces between the bones in the face where air passes and mucus drains into the nose. Sinusitis is very common and feels similar to a head cold, with symptoms that include a stuffy or runny nose and headache.
For most people, sinusitis is a temporary condition that goes away with simple treatment, but if your symptoms persist, surgery is often the best way to find permanent relief.
Why choose balloon sinuplasty?
- Faster recovery, less pain and less blood loss than traditional surgery
- FDA-approved treatment for sinusitis
- No cutting or removal of bone or tissue
- Performed as an outpatient procedure, so most patients return home the same day
- Performed minimally invasively using soft, flexible balloons
How is balloon sinuplasty performed?
Balloon sinuplasty is performed safely and comfortably without cutting or removing bone or tissue. While under general anesthesia, an illuminated catheter is guided into the nasal cavity and further into the sinuses. An additional catheter with a balloon attached to it is then guided over the original catheter.
Once the catheters are in the correct position, the balloon, which is made of a soft, flexible material, is gently inflated to open and reshape the blocked sinus passages. Once the sinuses are open, the balloon is deflated and replaced with another catheter that flushes out the sinuses' symptom-causing contents, such as pus or mucus.
Finally, both catheters are removed, leaving the sinuses open and clear.
Am I a candidate for balloon sinuplasty?
Patients who have been diagnosed with chronic sinusitis, which is defined as lasting for eight or more weeks, and are not responding to medication treatment are typically candidates for balloon sinuplasty. You and your doctor should discuss your medical history, potential risks and other factors to determine if this procedure is right for you.
How will I feel after my balloon sinuplasty procedure?
After the procedure, many patients see an immediate reduction or disappearance of their sinusitis symptoms. Some patients experience mild discomfort from the catheter insertion, but this usually goes away within 48 hours. In the long term, most patients remain symptom-free and do not require additional treatment.