Is the Balloon Sinuplasty Procedure the Same Everywhere?

The Balloon Sinuplasty procedure is NOT the same anywhere you go!

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Balloon sinuplasty is a relatively new treatment for chronic sinus issues. For years ENT doctors had two choices available to treat this issue: Medical therapies and sinus surgery. When medical treatment failed, Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS) would be offered.

Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS)

FESS could successfully resolve the chronic sinus issue but it came with many negatives. This surgical procedure requires general anesthesia, involves removing bone, has considerable downtime, significant bleeding is common as well as pain and weeks of crusting in the nose. This procedure also alters the natural structures and may result in scar tissue and persistent sinus infection issues despite the procedure.

Balloon Sinuplasty

As ENT surgeons began to better understand the function of the natural sinus outflow tracts, it became quite clear that preserving the natural structure would be very beneficial. The concept of balloon dilation of the natural sinus outflow tracts was developed and multiple studies have now demonstrated over time, that this procedure is as effective as FESS without all of the pain, bleeding, crusting, and downtime. It can also be done without general anesthesia.

ENT doctors have begun to incorporate this technique into their practices but there is a wide variety of experience levels and set up in their offices to provide this treatment. Most ENT doctors are doing this procedure with the patient essentially awake, with mild sedatives and local anesthesia. This can not only be uncomfortable, but it can limit the ability of the surgeon to be effective and successful in balloon placement. In most ENT offices, no other nasal issues can be addressed while the balloon procedure is being performed.  For example, a deviated septum or nasal polyps would be left uncorrected. The accuracy of balloon placement can also be an issue for many ENT doctors, as they simply rely on a small light attached to the balloon to see if the balloon is placed correctly.

At Sinus & Snoring Specialists, we developed Advanced Balloon Sinuplasty to address all of these issues.  In our office, a board-certified anesthesiologist provides IV sedation, for patient comfort and completeness. All issues can be addressed with our comprehensive setup, including correcting a deviated septum, nasal polyps, and turbinate reduction, among other issues. We also have 3D computer navigation for balloon placement to provide the state-of-the-art in the accuracy of sinus dilation.

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If you have been told that you are a candidate for balloon sinuplasty, consider getting a second opinion with us to make sure your care meets all that is required.  Contact us today at 512.601.0303 to schedule an appointment!

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