Balloon Sinuplasty (BSP) is a safe and effective sinus procedure(1,2) for chronic sinusitis patients seeking relief from uncomfortable sinus pain symptoms. Balloon Sinuplasty (BSP) uses a small, flexible, balloon catheter to open up blocked sinus passageways and facilitate drainage of the mucous that builds up in patients suffering from chronic sinusitis symptoms. 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. With Balloon Sinuplasty, Dr. Reilly can open the 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 equally effective at relieving symptoms of chronic sinusitis in most patients. 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.
A balloon sinuplasty is a nasal procedure that can be performed to treat blocked sinus passages. Your paranasal sinuses are essentially eight air-filled spaces that surround your nose, four on each side. If the passages to these spaces are narrowed or blocked, you may experience frequent sinus pain, frequent or chronic sinus infections, or congestion. A CT scan, often called a “CAT scan,” can help determine which of the sinus openings are narrowed or obstructed. Our cutting-edge navigation system is then used during the procedure to direct the balloon to the inflamed sinus passages. The balloon is then inflated to dilate the narrow area, much in the same way that heart surgeons open up blocked arteries during a balloon angioplasty. In contrast to more traditional sinus surgery, balloon sinuplasty can be performed in the clinic under local anesthesia, and the recovery period is typically only 1 or 2 days.
With balloon sinuplasty, there is no cutting of the nasal bones, cartilage, or surrounding skin. We will insert a small, flexible catheter into your nasal passages and inflate a balloon device, which will quickly open any narrowed passages or blockages in your sinuses. When the balloon is inflated, it restructures and widens the walls of the sinus passageway while maintaining the integrity of the sinus lining. We use the TruDi system, which is the first three-dimensional navigation system used in sinus surgery. This procedure has absolutely no effect on your outward appearance. The vast majority of patient quickly feel a sense of relief and ease of breathing after it is performed.
If you undergo an in-clinic balloon sinuplasty procedure, performed under local anesthetic, you can expect to return to work or school in one or two days. The benefit of this minimally-invasive procedure is that the recovery period is also minimal. You should also expect to feel the results more quickly and breathe more easily sooner than more invasive traditional sinus surgical procedures.
Although the balloon device and technological equipment are expensive, the cost of a balloon sinuplasty is typically covered under your medical insurance benefits. Often, patients see less out-of-pocket costs for procedures performed in the clinic setting than in the operating room. We have a team who will help navigate you through the scheduling process and submission for insurance authorization to help you determine what your out of pocket costs may be.
Can Balloon Sinuplasty be done under local anesthesia?
What are the benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty In-Office?
How does the 3D navigation technology help?
The TruDi system is the first 3D navigation system used in sinus surgery. It is modeled after the most advanced technology used in minimally invasive heart procedures. The system provides flexible instrumentation that allows the surgeon to access complicated anatomy and provides substantial improvement in surgical accuracy, ensuring a faster, more precise, and safer experience for patients.
How is Balloon Sinuplasty Safe & Less Invasive?
With Balloon Sinuplasty, there is no cutting of nasal bone or tissue. More than 535,000 patients suffering from chronic sinusitis symptoms have been treated by ear, nose and throat doctors using Balloon Sinuplasty.
How do patients feel after Balloon Sinuplasty?
In a study tracking patients 2 years following their Balloon Sinuplasty Sinus Surgery in the OR, most chronic sinusitis patients report clinically meaningful improvement in sinus symptoms and quality of life.
How long does recovery take after Balloon Sinuplasty?
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.
Before your procedure:
What to expect during the procedure:
You will be awake for your procedure
The lights will likely be turned down at times in the procedure room
Your doctor and his/her staff will be speaking to you and each other throughout the procedure
If at any point you are unable to tolerate the procedure, please let your doctor know
STEP 1: ACCESS THE SINUS
• Your doctor will advance a soft flexible guidewire into the sinus
• You may feel some sensation in your teeth (in your maxillary/cheek sinus) or forehead (in your frontal sinus) as the wire is advanced into your sinus
• The guidewire has a small light on the end to help your doctor confirm access to your blocked sinus.
You may see this light as your doctor extends the guidewire.
Step 1. A balloon catheter is inserted into the inflamed sinus.
STEP 2: OPEN THE SINUS
• Next, your doctor will advance a small flexible balloon over the wire. Since the opening to your sinus is currently blocked, you may feel some pressure as the balloon advances.
• Finally your doctor will inflate the balloon to gently expand the opening of the sinus. You may feel some discomfort or pressure during the inflation of the balloon but it will be brief, usually a couple of seconds. You may even hear noises as the balloon inflates.
Step 2. The balloon is inflated to expand the sinus opening.
STEP 3: SINUS REMAINS OPEN
Your sinus will remain open after the balloon is deflated and removed, allowing the sinus to drain normally.
Step 3. Saline is sprayed into the inflamed sinus to flush out the pus and mucous.
The balloon apparatus is removed, providing improved ventilation and function.
Step 4. The system is removed, leaving the sinuses open.