What is Balloon Sinuplasty?

Balloon Sinuplasty, approved by the FDA in 2005, uses a small, flexible, balloon catheter to open up blocked sinus passageways and facilitate drainage of the mucus that builds up in patients suffering from chronic sinusitis. When inflated, the sinus balloon restructures and widens the walls of the sinus passageway while maintaining the integrity of the sinus lining. This allows our patients to breath easy again.
 
The process is like those used to clear blocked arteries in balloon angioplasty. Balloon Sinuplasty is minimally invasive and is typically an out patient procedure done right in our Spring, Texas office. Patients experience little to no down time and achieve results similar to traditional and sometimes complicated Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS).
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What is Sinusitis?

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The sinuses are inter-connected cavities in the skull, normally filled with air. Mucus-secreting membranes line the walls of your sinuses. Hairs in those membranes sweep out the mucus so it can drain out of your nose. When those membranes become inflamed or infected, they block the nasal passages and keep the fluid from draining. The clinical term for this is sinusitis.
 
Usually, sinusitis is a short-term scenario during cold or allergy season. This is acute sinusitis. Sometimes the condition becomes chronic and patients have the condition the majority of the time. Patients take antibiotics to combat recurring infections in the blocked sinuses.
 
Often times Balloon Sinuplasty can be the solution to acute sinusitis. If sinusitis becomes severe, it may requiremore intense sinus surgery. During sinus surgery we remove pieces of bone and tissue blocking the nasal passages. This allows the sinuses to clear. If you're suffering from repeat sinus infections, its important to come in for a consultation right away.

Balloon Sinuplasty Procedure

Unlike traditional sinuplasty, balloon sinuplasty requires no cutting or removal of bone and tissue. The procedure is pretty simple.

Step 1 — We make our patient comfortable in many ways. We begin with sedation. The patient has a choice of sedation, from mild all the way to general anesthesia. Whatever our patients choose, we administer an adequate amount of local anesthesia to numb the sinus areas.
 
Step 2 — We insert a guide catheter with an endoscope into the nostril.
 
Step 3 — The guide catheter reaches the sinus opening and is then advanced into the blocked sinus.
 
Step 4 — Then we place a balloon catheter onto the guide and move it up to the opening of the blocked sinus.
Step 5 — The balloon is slowly inflated, removing blockages and facilitating drainage.
 
Step 6 — We spray saline solution through the catheter into the inflamed sinus to flush out the pus and mucus.
 
Step 7 — Next we take cultures to identify any pathogens present including sensitivities to direct appropriate antibiotic therapy. Then we remove the catheter.
 
When we inflate the balloon in the inflamed passageway, it widens and instantly restructures the walls of the sinus. This does not harm the sinus lining in any way. This is a permanent change and results in “remodeling” of the sinuses from that point on.

 

Am I a Good Candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty?

Patients with severe structural issues such as a deviated septum or nasal polyps are still good candidates for balloon sinuplasty. Here at Texas Sinus & Snoring we have a state of the art facility that can handle all levels of surgery in an in-office setting.
 
We can straighten a septum, clean out the ethmoid sinuses, remove polyps and even place complicated implants to speed recovery while still enjoying a quick and easy “in-office” experience. Balloon sinuplasty simply enlarges normal passageways with gentle outward pressure.
 
When structural problems are causing the blockage, more traditional forms of surgery are often combined with sinuplasty. Also, balloon sinuplasty dilates the blocked passages, but it doesn’t remove chronically inflamed tissue. If the key is tissue removal, traditional endoscopic sinus surgery is combined with balloon sinuplasty to comprehensively treat your individual problem.

Balloon Sinuplasty vs Traditional Sinus Surgery

Balloon sinuplasty offers a much easier solution for chronic sinusitis. The procedure doesn’t involve any removal of bone, cartilage, or tissue. Because of this, there is little to no downtime or loss of work.
 
In contrast, traditional sinus surgery requires the patient to be under general anesthesia. The patient should expect 3-5 days of recovery time. After recovery time, it is necessary to limit strenuous exercise or activity for a couple weeks.
 
Often times, balloon sinuplasty is performed with the patient under various forms of local anesthesia. There is minimal or no bleeding and low post-procedure pain. There are also very few restrictions on activity.

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Is Balloon Sinuplasty Safe?

This procedure is safer than traditional sinuplasty. It is only minimally invasive, and balloon sinuplasty doesn’t have the risks of bleeding and infection. Post-operative pain is far less. Plus, this treatment doesn’t limit any future treatments or procedures. In other words, you are not burning any bridges if you wind up needing more extensive surgery in the future.

What Anesthesia Is Used?

Dr. Cilento has designed a state of the art facility with an advanced in office operating room. We are currently in the process of accrededation by the AAAASF. We use only board certified anesthesiologists for your safety and comfort.

Balloon Sinuplasty procedures are done right in our office with the patient under only local anesthesia. General anesthesia is still available for those who prefer it. He will discuss your options with you during your consultation and make sure your needs are taken care of.

Balloon Sinuplasty Recovery

Balloon sinuplasty is considered relatively non-invasive, meaning it doesn’t cause much trauma to the nasal area. This makes for minimal recovery time. Most patients can return to work and their normal activities after one day. Dr Cilento will make sure all your airway needs are taken care of in the most efficient and non-invasive way possible.