Dr. Daniel Slaughter was intimately involved in the development of the original prototype for the sinus balloon. 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 Balloon Sinuplasty?
What is Sinusitis?
Sinusitis is an infection or inflammation of the sinuses. At optimal health, your sinus cavities that surround our eyes are normally full with air. 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:
- Nasal blockage
- Post nasal drip
- Sinus pressure and headache
- Recurring sinus infections
- Chronic sinus infection
The Balloon Sinuplasty Procedure
Dr. Slaughter is able to perform this procedure in my office 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, we first test for proper placement of the balloon within the nasal cavity. This is done by illuminating an LED light attached to the balloon and a 3D computer assistance program helps to confirm accurate placement. We then inflate the ballon to dilate the blocked outflow tracts. This allows the sinus to drain normally relieving the symptoms and the infection. Finally, we remove the balloon leaving no foreign material in the nose.
Dr. Slaughter uses Fiogan 3 Dimensional Computer Assisted Navigation for Balloon Sinuplasty. In the beginning, this technology was only available in a large hospital setting, however we can now use it in office.
Sinus Symptoms treated with balloon sinuplasty
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.
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Balloon sinuplasty recovery
This procedure 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.
benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty over traditional sinus surgery
Balloon 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. Most insurances cover the cost.
risks of Balloon Sinuplasty Treatment
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 have an interest in learning more about Balloon Sinuplasty, contact our office in Austin, TX today! Call 512.601.0303 to schedule a consultation with board certified ENT Specialist Dr. Daniel Slaughter.