What is Balloon
The painful symptoms associated with chronic sinusitis can be overwhelming. If symptoms are difficult to control
with medications alone, your primary doctor may have referred you to Dr. Chu, an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)
specialist, who will determine the best course of treatment, including further medication therapy or surgery to
open the sinus passage ways.
Balloon Sinuplasty Video
Now, there is an additional surgical option for treatment of blocked sinuses called Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology. If you have been diagnosed with chronic sinusitis and
are not responding well to antibiotics you may be a candidate for surgery, you now have a less invasive option that
is clinically proven to be safe, effective and improve the quality of your life.
Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology is an endoscopic, catheter-based system
for patients suffering from sinusitis. The FDA-cleared technology uses a small, flexible, sinus balloon catheter to
open up blocked sinus passageways, restoring normal sinus drainage. When the sinus balloon is inflated, it gently
restructures and widens the walls of the passageway while maintaining the integrity of the sinus lining.
Balloon Sinuplasty™ Benefits
The benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology for treating chronic
sinusitis symptoms include:
- Safe and Effective
While use of any surgical instrument involves some risk, clinical research has indicated the Balloon Sinuplasty™ system to be safe and effective in relieving symptoms of
- Minimally Invasive
The technology uses small, soft, flexible devices that enter entirely through the nostrils. These devices
gently open blocked sinus openings, and in many cases, without tissue or bone removal.
- Reduced Bleeding
Because in many instances no tissue or bone is removed when using this technology, there may be reduced
bleeding associated with the procedure.
- Improved Recovery Time
While recovery time varies with each patient, many people can return to normal activities within 24 hours.
- Does Not Limit Treatment Options
This technology is an endoscopic tool and may be used with other medical therapies or sinus surgery techniques.
It does not limit future treatment options if you have progressive disease.
As with use of any surgical instrument, there are risks, and results may vary from patient to patient. Dr. Chui
will need to discuss your specific condition to find out if the Balloon
Sinuplasty™ system is right for you.