Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology is a FDA-cleared, endoscopic, catheter-based system for patients suffering from sinusitis. The technology uses a small, flexible, Sinus Balloon Catheter to open up blocked sinus passageways, restoring normal sinus drainage and function. When the sinus balloon is inflated, it gently restructures and widens the walls of the passageway while maintaining the integrity of the sinus lining.
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Steps in using the Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology
The technology is used by qualified Ear, Nose, and Throat physicians.
Gain Access to the Sinus. To gain initial sinus access, a sinus guide catheter is introduced into the nasal cavity to target the sinus ostia under endoscopic visualization. A sinus guidewire or a sinus illumination system is introduced through the sinus guide catheter and gently advanced into the target sinus.
Inflate Balloon Across Ostium. The sinus balloon catheter is introduced over the sinus guidewire or sinus illumination system and positioned across the blocked ostium.
The position of the sinus balloon catheter is confirmed and the balloon is gradually inflated to open and remodel the narrowed or blocked ostium.
Deflate and Remove Balloon. The sinus balloon catheter is then deflated and removed, leaving the ostium open allowing the return of normal sinus drainage and function. There is little to no disruption to mucosal lining.
Benefits in Using the Balloon Sinuplasty™
- Safe and Effective
While use of any surgical instrument involves some risk, clinical studies have indicated the Balloon Sinuplasty™system to be safe and effective in relieving symptoms of sinusitis.
- Minimally Invasive
The technology uses small, soft, flexible devices that enter entirely through the nostrils. These devices gently open blocked sinus openings, and in many cases, without tissue or bone removal.
- Reduced Bleeding
Because in many instances no tissue or bone is removed when using this technology, there may be reduced bleeding associated with the procedure. As a result, the need for uncomfortable nasal packing may also be eliminated.
- Improved Recovery Time
While recovery time varies with each patient, many people can return to normal activities within 24 hours.
- Does Not Limit Treatment Options
This technology is an endoscopic tool and may be used with other medical therapies or sinus surgery techniques. It does not limit future treatment options if you have progressive disease.