Balloon sinuplasty is a medical breakthrough in the treatment of persistent sinus infection. Balloon sinuplasty is an endoscopic surgical technique that requires no cutting of the patient's nasal tissue or bone structure. Essentially, the procedure is accomplished by placing a small, flexible balloon catheter into the patient's sinus cavity. Once in place, the catheter is gently inflated, expanding the sinus opening that has been constricted due to chronic sinusitis. Next, a saline solution is flushed into the sinus cavity, which clears out accumulated pus and mucus. Finally, the catheter is removed, leaving the sinus opening widened without having to remove tissue through an invasive surgical procedure.
By the time many people seek treatment for chronic sinusitis, they have suffered from the condition for many years. Studies show that patients who undergo balloon sinuplasty to address chronic sinusitis are able to achieve significant relief of their symptoms. As with any surgical procedure, individual results will vary. However, patients who have received balloon sinuplasty report a reduction of the symptoms of sinusitis lasting anywhere from nine months to two years. One of the most appealing aspects of balloon sinuplasty is the fact that this treatment approach can be used with other forms of treatment and can be repeated as needed. Balloon sinuplasty is also a safe and effective solution for children who suffer from chronic sinusitis and has far fewer risks of complication than more invasive surgical options.
Prior to the advent of this revolutionary technology, individuals who suffered from chronic sinusitis had little option but to undergo invasive surgery to address the condition. As with any form of surgery, there were risks of complications. Because sinus surgery involves removing a portion of the patient's bone and sinus tissue, significant pain and prolonged recovery time was the norm. With balloon sinuplasty, complication risks are greatly reduced, and patients experience very little discomfort or pain associated with the procedure.