Balloon Sinus Surgery
When sinus surgery is recommended for chronic or recurrent sinusitis, there are a variety of treatment options available to surgeons. Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive technique that is used to open the obstructed sinuses. This is done using specialized endoscopes to visualize the sinus openings, and then a thin guide wire can be passed into the obstructed sinus cavity. The balloon is then carefully advanced and inflated, to dilate the clogged or narrowed drainage pathway. This technology has been FDA approved since 2006, and is often done in the office without need for general anesthesia in the operating room. The recovery following office-based balloon sinuplasty is often easier with less medication needed and shorter downtimes. After sinuplasty is performed, the sinus drainage is improved with fewer infections and congestion symptoms.