Dr. Slaughter was intimately involved in the development of the original prototype for the sinus balloon and 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 Balloon Sinuplasty?
Sinus cavities that surround our eyes are normally filled with air when healthy. Secondary to allergies, sinus 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.
Who is the ideal candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty?
Patients who suffer from sinus complaints such as: congestion, nasal blockage, post nasal drip, sinus pressure and headache, allergies, recurring sinus infections, chronic sinus infection.
The Balloon Sinuplasty Procedure
This procedure involves the insertion of a small sinus balloon using a tiny telescope into the blocked natural outflow tracts of the sinus cavities. Placement is confirmed with illumination using an LED light in the balloon and in my office also with 3D computer assisted guidance. This is done in my office with the comfort of IV sedation as well as local anesthesia. The balloon is then inflated to dilate the blocked outflow tracts. This allows the sinus to drain normally relieving the symptoms and the infection. The balloon is then removed and there is no foreign material left in the nose.
Dr. Slaughter uses Fiogan 3 Dimensional Computer Assisted Navigation for Balloon Sinuplasty. This technology, which until now has only been available in a large hospital setting, can now be used in our office for pinpoint accuracy in Balloon Sinuplasty.
What can Balloon Sinuplasty help treated?
Balloon Sinuplasty offers a nonsurgical therapy to open blocked sinus passage ways and relieve many sinus conditions including: chronic sinusitis, acute recurring sinusitis, chronic sinus pressure, and even migraine headache.
What To Expect During the recovery process
This is a non-surgical procedure with no tissue removal or wound to heal. There is essentially no healing time, minimal to no discomfort, and no downtime.
It takes just minutes and patients are back to full speed without need for recovery or pain medicine in hours. There is no packing or foreign material placed in the nose and never any bruising or swelling that accompanies traditional sinus surgery.
What are the benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty over traditional sinus surgery?
Ballon Sinuplasty is Non-surgical procedure with a very high success rate (96%) in resolving the above conditions both in the short term an longterm. This procedure doesn’t require general anesthesia. There is essentially no real recovery. In my office also we provide exceptional comfort not available in other offices with a board certified anesthesiologist to provide sedation.
Sinus surgery also takes over an hour or more under general anesthesia at the hospital, but balloon sinuplasty is a 15 minute procedure that takes place in our office. Surgery is more painful, longer recovery, higher risk, more expensive, and offers less success rate. It also adds the risk of general anesthesia. Costs are also much lower than traditional surgery as it is office based and there is no hospital fee. This procedure is also covered by almost all insurances.
Are there risks associated with Balloon Sinuplasty?
The risks are extremely low as there is no surgery or wound to heal. Sinus surgery has risks of orbital injury and brain injury among others but since this is non-surgical procedure those risks approach zero.
Schedule a consultation
If you are interested in learning more about Balloon Sinuplasty and would like to see if you are a good candidate, please call (512) 601-0303 to schedule a consultation at our office in Austin, TX.