Balloon sinuplasty (also called balloon sinuplasty) is a minimally-invasive procedure that is used to gently widen narrow sinus and nasal passageways so it becomes easier to breathe. sinuplasty can also improve drainage in the sinuses to prevent bacterial buildup and reduce the risk of having recurrent sinus infections.
Balloon sinuplasty uses a thin, flexible instrument called a catheter to reach the narrowed portion of the sinuses, deploying a tiny balloon which is then inflated to compress tissues and gently widen the area. Once the narrow area has been widened, the catheter and balloon are removed. Balloon sinuplasty is performed as an outpatient procedure using anesthesia so patients can sleep throughout the procedure and return to their normal routines shortly afterward.
Generally speaking, minimally-invasive surgical procedures tend to be preferred over traditional approaches because they involve less tissue trauma, so recovery can be much faster and more comfortable. The risk of infections is also reduced, and because the balloon sinuplasty procedure does not remove any tissue, patients can experience less discomfort as well as reduced swelling following the procedure compared to traditional or open procedures, which use incisions as well as other surgical techniques to remove excess tissue. Generally speaking, a balloon sinuplasty may be a good choice for people who have:
Before a sinuplasty procedure is performed, a flexible endoscope will be inserted into the nose and sinuses to evaluate the area and to determine if balloon sinuplasty is the best approach or if another approach would achieve better results.