Balloon Sinuplasty (BSP) is a safe and effective procedure for chronic sinusitis patients who are not responding well to medications and are seeking relief from uncomfortable and painful sinusitis symptoms.
With Balloon Sinuplasty, ENT doctors open inflamed sinuses in the same way that heart surgeons open up blocked arteries during balloon angioplasty. The procedure is less invasive than traditional sinus surgery, and effective at relieving symptoms of chronic sinusitis. Balloon Sinuplasty allows patients to return to normal activities quickly. Unlike conventional sinus surgery, it does not include removal of bone or tissue from the nose.
The benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty include:
- Safe – More than 150,000 patients have been treated safely with Balloon Sinuplasty.
- Proven – Over 95% of patients who’ve had the procedure say they would have it again.
- Fast – While recovery time varies with each patient, people can quickly return to normal activities.
Surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty
Balloon Sinuplasty (BSP) 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 the sinus balloon is inflated, it restructures and widens the walls of the sinus passageway while maintaining the integrity of the sinus lining.
Unlike traditional sinus surgery, Balloon Sinuplasty requires no cutting and no removal of bone and tissue. Published clinical data in the leading ENT journal shows that it is safe and effective: patients experienced no adverse events and received statistically and clinically significant improvement in their sinusitis symptoms.
Balloon Sinuplasty is typically performed under general anesthesia in an outpatient setting. It is now also available to some patients as a procedure conducted in a doctor’s office under local anesthesia.
Clinical data shows that Balloon Sinuplasty provides symptom relief:
- 95% of patients demonstrated that sinus symptoms improved in an average follow-up period of 9 months in a multi-center study of 1,036 patients who had Balloon Sinuplasty
- Another multi-center study followed 65 patients who had Balloon Sinuplasty and reported clinically and statistically significant improvement in patient symptoms out to two years.
- 95% percent of patients who had Balloon Sinuplasty would recommend the procedure to their family and friends.
This video shows how Balloon Sinuplasty opens a blocked left maxillary sinus:
- A balloon catheter is inserted into the inflamed sinus.
- The balloon is inflated to expand the sinus opening.
- Saline is sprayed into the inflamed sinus to flush out the pus and mucus.
- The system is removed, leaving the sinuses open.