What is Balloon Sinuplasty?
Balloon Sinuplasty is an FDA approved technology for the treatment of Sinusitis that uses a small, flexible sinus balloon catheter to open blocked sinus passageways which restores normal sinus drainage. Under endoscopic visualization, your enttex physician will insert a guide catheter through the nostril near the sinus opening. Once access to the blocked sinus is confirmed the balloon catheter will be advanced over the guide catheter and positioned in the blocked sinus opening. When the sinus balloon is inflated it gently restructures and widens the walls of the passageways while maintaining the structural integrity of the sinus lining.
The diagram below shows an inflamed left frontal sinus.
The following pictures summarize the steps associated with using Balloon Sinuplasty Technology:
The sinus balloon catheter is introduced over the sinus guide-wire 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.
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 guide-wire or sinus illumination system is introduced through the sinus guide catheter and gently advanced into the target sinus.
The sinus balloon catheter is then deflated and removed, leaving the ostium open allowing the return of sinus drainage. There is little to no disruption to the mucosal lining.
Dr. Ehmer performing Balloon Sinuplasty on one of our patients
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Balloon Sinuplasty Technology is intended for use by, or under the direction of, a physician. Balloon Sinuplasty Technology has associated risks, including tissue and mucosal trauma, infection, or possible optic injury. Consult your physician for a full discussion of risks and benefits to determine whether this procedure is right for you.