Dr. Daniel Slaughter was intimately involved in the development of the original prototype for the sinus balloon used for Balloon Sinuplasty. He also helped perform the study that made this therapy FDA approved. He pioneered the use of IV sedation in the office setting for his patients providing a superior level of comfort. As an Entellus Center of Excellence trainer, Dr. Slaughter lectures nationally on the use of this technology in advanced cases including the ability to correct septal deviation, nasal polyps, turbinate swelling, and fungal sinus infections while performing Balloon Sinuplasty. ENT physicians travel from all over the country to learn how to incorporate his techniques.
What is Sinusitis?
Sinusitis is an infection or inflammation of the sinuses. At optimal health, your sinus cavities that surround our eyes are normally filled with air. Secondary to allergies, bacterial infection, or anatomical issues such as a deviated septum, the natural sinus outflow tracts can become obstructed. The sinuses will become backed up with pressure and fluid and will produce many symptoms such as facial pressure, headache, congestion, fever, “brain fog”, fatigue, migraines, snoring, and cough.
What is Balloon Sinuplasty?
Balloon sinuplasty is a non-surgical procedure where a tiny sinus balloon is inserted in to the natural sinus outflow tracts. This balloon is then inflated to dilate this area. The balloon is then removed and the outflow tract is more capable of naturally draining. This procedure helps eliminate recurring sinus infections, chronic sinus infections, sinus headache and reduces congestion and snoring. At Sinus and Snoring Specialists we perform this procedure with the comfort and safety of IV sedation provided by a board certified anesthesiologist.
ideal candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty
The ideal candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty are those who suffer from sinus complaints such as:
- Nasal blockage
- Post nasal drip
- Sinus pressure and headache
The Balloon Sinuplasty Procedure
Dr. Slaughter is able to perform this procedure in our state of the art office procedure room with the comfort of IV sedation as well as local anesthesia. This procedure involves the insertion of a small sinus balloon using a tiny telescope into the blocked natural outflow tracts of the sinus cavities. Before inflation, Dr. Slaughter first tests for proper placement of the balloon within the sinus cavity. This is done by illuminating an LED light attached to the balloon and sometimes using a 3D computer assistance program to confirm accurate placement. Dr. Slaughter then inflates the balloon to dilate the blocked outflow tracts. This allows the sinus to drain normally relieving the symptoms and the infection. Finally, he removes the balloon leaving no foreign material in the nose.
Dr. Slaughter is one of only a few sinus experts that has Fiogan 3 Dimensional Computer Assisted Navigation for Balloon Sinuplasty available for complex cases. This technology is usually only available in large hospitals. With this technology a sophisticated computer CT guidance system using an electromagnetic field allows Dr. Slaughter to accurately place the balloon in cases that have altered anatomy, severe polyps, and severe infection.