Balloon Sinuplasty is a breakthrough procedure that relieves the pain and pressure associated with chronic sinusitis. It is used by surgeons to safely and effectively treat chronic sinusitis patients who are not responding well to medications such as antibiotics, nasal steroids, or overâ€theâ€counter (OTC) drugs, and are seeking relief from uncomfortable and painful sinusitis symptoms.
Our doctors can perform this procedure in the office-setting under local anesthesia, getting you back to your active lifestyle oftentimes within 24 hours.
Similar to how angioplasty uses balloons to open blocked arteries, Balloon Sinuplasty, a system of FDAâ€cleared, catheterâ€based instruments, opens blocked sinuses.
The procedure is less invasive than traditional sinus surgery. It allows most patients to return to normal activities quickly.
With Balloon Sinuplasty, a speciallyâ€designed catheter is inserted into the nose to reach the inflamed sinus cavity. A small balloon is slowly inflated, which widens and restructures the walls of the sinus passage, helping to drain mucus from the blocked sinus and restore normal sinus drainage without cutting and with minimal bleeding. This approach also preserves the natural structure of the sinuses.
Balloon Sinuplasty is usually performed under local anesthesia in the office; however, some surgeons are choosing to treat certain patients in the operating room under general anesthesia. The reported complication rate for Balloon Sinuplasty is low and recovery is generally quick and easy.
Balloon Sinuplasty has been used to treat more than 160,000 patients since receiving FDA clearance.
For more information about Balloon Sinuplasty, visit www.balloonsinuplasty.com
Patients who suffer from chronic sinusitis and are not responding well to medications may benefit from seeing one of the physicians at Augusta ENT. All of our physicians are trained and experienced with minimally-invasive balloon sinuplasty. Please call 706-868-5676 today for an appointment.