Balloon Sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure used to enable qualified ENT doctors to dilate the obstructed sinus of patients suffering from sinusitis offering long-term relief for patients. The procedure is performed in our office using local anethesia and typically lasts 30 minutes.
The system is based on flexible catheter and wire technology are designed to allow the physician to navigate the sinus anatomy with minimal trauma to the patient. The physician inserts the flexible catheter into a patient's nostril. Using the endoscopic image on a nearby video monitor and a previous CT scan of the patient's sinuses, the physician can guide the tiny catheter into the blocked sinus. Following the catheter, a lighted guide wire then illuminates the sinus cavity. The physician inserts a small balloon, similar to those used for cardiac angioplasty, along the wire inside the catheter. Once the balloon is properly positioned, the doctor inflates it and dilates the sinus opening. As the deflated balloon is removed, the sinus drains. The patient feels a decrease in pain and pressure, and the procedure is over.
Acute sinusitis sufferers find relief with modern balloon sinuplasty procedure: Dr. Levy with News Channel 14
The video below explains more about how Balloon Sinuplasty relieves chronic sinusitis.