Balloon Sinuplasty at Colorado ENT & Allergy

Sinusitis is one of the most common health problems in the United States, affecting approximately 37 million people each year. According to the National Academy on an Aging Society, sinusitis is more prevalent than arthritis or hypertension and has a greater impact on quality of life than diabetes or congestive heart failure. Symptoms may significantly affect people physically, functionally, and emotionally.Sinusitis

Sinusitis is usually preceded by a viral upper respiratory infection, allergy attack, or irritation from environmental pollutants causing mucosal edema and decreased mucociliary clearance. Usually the resulting symptoms run their course in a few days. However, when a secondary bacterial infection occurs, acute sinusitis may develop. If the condition clears but recurs frequently, recurrent acute sinusitis is the diagnosis. If the condition does not clear and persists for three months or more, it is considered chronic sinusitis.

The first line of therapy for chronic sinusitis remains medical management which includes various combinations of prolonged broad-spectrum antibiotics, intranasal steroid sprays, occasional bursts of oral steroid, decongestants, antihistamines, saline nasal sprays, and antibiotic nasal irrigations. Most people respond to medical management with improvement in their symptoms; however, those who do not improve on medical therapy require surgery to treat their chronic sinusitis.

Approximately 25 years ago, functional endoscopic sinus surgery became available. This was a significant improvement in technology, allowing the surgeon to look directly into the nose and sinuses with an endoscope as opposed to operating solely with a headlight. This resulted in more precise, thorough surgical treatment of sinus disease. More recently CT image-guided technology has served as an adjunct to endoscopic sinus surgery.

Functional endoscopic sinus surgery continues to be a very effective treatment for chronic sinusitis. However, some studies reported that 25% of patients need eventual revision endoscopic sinus surgery.

The newest technology, Balloon Sinuplasty, is a surgical procedure that involves passing a flexible sinus guidewire into the affected sinus. The sinus balloon catheter is then advanced over the sinus guidewire. The sinus balloon catheter is positioned across the blocked sinus opening and gently inflated. The Sinuplasty system is then removed, giving a patent sinus passageway and restoring normal sinus drainage and function. This is all performed using direct visualization with nasal endoscopes as well as trans-illumination.

Balloon Sinuplasty is most commonly performed on the frontal, maxillary, and sphenoid sinuses. The ethmoid sinuses, if involved with chronic sinusitis, are generally opened using the standard functional endoscopic sinus surgery technique. In select patients, Balloon Sinuplasty can be performed on the frontal and/or maxillary sinuses in the office using topical and local anesthesia. This procedure takes approximately 30 minutes. Patients are able to drive to and from the appointment, have minimal discomfort afterward, and are able to return to work right away.

Studies have shown that Balloon Sinuplasty is a very effective treatment. To date, over one thousand patients have been tracked in a retrospective patient registry. There have been no serious complications reported at two years. 98% of the sinus ostia remain patent at six months. 0.98% of sinuses and 2.75% of patients required revision dilatation. In addition to being very safe and effective, the benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty include reduced bleeding due to less removal of tissue and bone and faster recovery time. Many patients are able to return to normal activity within 24 hours.

In conclusion, Balloon Sinuplasty is a safe and effective new surgical procedure now available in the treatment of chronic sinusitis.

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Sinus Surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty for Chronic Sinusitis

Unlike traditional sinus surgery, Balloon Sinuplasty requires no cutting and no removal of bone and tissue.

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 symptoms.

Step 1. A balloon catheter is inserted into the inflamed sinus.

Balloon Sinuplasty - Step 1

Step 2. The balloon is inflated to expand the sinus opening.

Balloon Sinuplasty - Step 2

Step 3. Saline is sprayed into the inflamed sinus to flush out the pus and mucus.

Balloon Sinuplasty - Step 3

Step 4. The system is removed, leaving the sinuses open.

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Balloon Sinuplasty In-Office

Balloon Sinuplasty is now available to eligible patients as a procedure performed in our office, under local anesthesia. One of our physicians will recommend the best approach for you.

Benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty In-Office

Local Anesthesia

Balloon Sinuplasty In-Office is an option for patients who decline or are ineligible for general anesthesia.

Fast Recovery

While recovery time varies with each patient, most patients who undergo the in-office procedure can return to normal activities and work within 2 days.

Comfortable Surroundings

Experience the procedure in the comfort of your physician’s office rather than a hospital operating room.

High Patient Satisfaction

The majority of patients who had Balloon Sinuplasty In-Office would recommend the procedure to family and friends.

Potential for Significant Cost Savings

Some eligible patients may have lower out-of-pocket costs if the procedure is performed in a lower cost of care setting, such as a physician’s office.

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Balloon Sinuplasty

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.

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