Balloon sinupasty is an advanced, minimally invasive procedure used to open sinus passages in order to relieve the pain and pressure associated with chronic sinusitis. In balloon sinuplasty, inflamed sinuses are opened in the same way that doctors open up blocked arteries during balloon angioplasty.
Balloon sinuplasty is most often recommended for people who have tried all other forms of treatment without success. Its safety and effectiveness are well-documented.
- A 2016 study published in the American Journal of Rhinology and Allergy concluded that patients who elected balloon sinuplasty over ongoing medical management (antibiotics) showed significantly greater improvements in quality of life. In most cases the results were achieved through office-based procedures with the patient under local anesthesia.1
- The Indian Journal of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery identified numerous large scientific studies showing balloon sinuplasty to be a very effective tool in the management of sinus disease.2
Balloon sinuplasty may be conducted in your Graybill Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) Specialist’s office under local anesthesia. The advantages of the balloon sinuplasty procedures are:
- Relief of symptoms without the use of general anesthesia
- Faster recovery period (often within two days after the procedure)
- May be conducted in the doctor’s office
- Lower cost (outpatient procedure)
If you suffer from chronic sinusitis and have tried other alternatives without success, ask your Primary Care Physician about a referral to a Palomar Health Medical Group – Graybill Ear Nose and Throat Specialist experienced in performing balloon sinuplasty.
- PayneSC, MD; StolovitzkyP, MD; MehendaleN, MD; MathenyK, MD, BrownW, MD, et. al. Medical therapy versus sinus surgery by using balloon sinus dilation technology: a prospective multicenter study. Am J Rhinol Allergy. 30:279–286, 2016
RaghunandhanS, BansalT, NatarajanK, KameswaranM. Efficacy & outcomes of balloon sinuplasty in chronic rhinosinusitis: a prospective study. Indian J Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2013 Aug; 65(Suppl 2): 314-319.