Balloon Sinus Dilation
Balloon Sinus Dilation: What Is It?
Balloon sinus dilation is an advanced surgical procedure used to treat sinusitis and other related problems through minimally invasive techniques. This involves inserting a thin endoscope into the sinus without disrupting the surrounding bone and tissue. A small balloon is then gently inflated to widen blocked passageways and allow for proper drainage of sinus fluid. Patients can benefit from less bleeding and shorter recovery times with balloon sinus dilation.
Balloon dilation of sinus openings is a relatively new technique for performing sinus surgery. The concept of using a balloon to widen the sinus openings was inspired by the use of balloons to dilate arteries during angioplasty. If a balloon could be used to dilate an artery, couldn’t it also be used to dilate a sinus opening in a manner that is less traumatic than other surgical methods? The FDA approved the catheter used for this procedure in 2005. Its use has been steadily growing since then.
The technique is safe and minimally invasive since it does not result in tissue or bone removal. Without tissue removal there is less bleeding, recovery time may be reduced and there may be less pain than with other techniques. This procedure is performed using endoscopic instruments and may be used with other medical therapies or sinus surgery techniques. It does not limit future treatment options if you have progressive disease.
Balloon sinus dilation can be an elegant and less traumatic way to open sinuses, but may not be an option for all sinuses. Some situations call for a combination of techniques. Researchers and practitioners continue to develop and refine this technique.
Texas Allergy & Sinus Center utilizes two different treatment options when performing balloon sinus dilation: Acclarent and Entellus Medical, both of which provide excellent treatment benefits to our patients. You physician will be able to tell you more about which approach will be used in your particular case. With both methods there is an option for the procedure to be completed in the office.