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Balloon Sinuplasty

Video Tutorial – What is Balloon Sinuplasty

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Introduction

Do you experience chronic sinusitis symptoms such as facial pain or pressure, recurrent sinus infections, or headaches? Many patients have opted out of surgery due to concern of postoperative pain and/or recovery time. These were valid concerns given the historical need to remove tissue to achieve sinus treatment goals.

A new option to treat sinusitis surgically is now available called Balloon Sinuplasty™. To-date, over 125,000 patients and over 330,000 sinuses have been treated with this innovative minimally invasive technology. Many patients have the procedure performed on a Friday and return to work or normal activities the following Monday with minimal discomfort and on the path to relief of their symptoms.

How does it work? Balloon Sinuplasty™ devices are flexible instruments that allow the surgeon to restore normal drainage and function while preserving your natural anatomy. The technology uses balloon dilation to gently open your sinus passages with minimal injury, speeding recovery for patients who return to normal activity within 24 to 48 hours in most cases. In a recently published study, 90% of patients treated with Balloon Sinuplasty™ said that they would recommend it to friends and family.

If you are interested in Balloon Sinuplasty™, please contact ENT Specialists to set up an appointment to learn if you are a candidate for the procedure. ENT Specialists is currently offering Relieva Balloon Sinuplasty™, the information below will provide a more detailed perspective on the advantages of Relieva Balloon Sinuplasty™.

What are Relieva Balloon Sinuplasty™ devices?

Relieva Balloon SinuplastyTM devices are FDA-cleared, catheterbased technologies specifically designed to navigate the tortuous sinus anatomy. The Relieva® Sinus Balloon system is used to open the blocked sinus ostium, and in many cases, without tissue or bone removal. Using the Relieva Sinus Balloon system, the blocked sinus ostium is gently dilated restoring normal sinus drainage and function.

Are the products currently available?

All products (Relieva® Sinus Access and Sinus Balloon products) are cleared by the FDA and available for human use.

What are the benefits of using Relieva Balloon Sinuplasty™ devices?

Safe and effective – While use of any surgical instrument involves some risk, studies demonstrate that the Relieva Balloon Sinuplasty™ system is safe and effective in relieving symptoms of sinusitis.
Minimally invasive – The technology uses small, soft, flexible devices introduced entirely through the nostrils. These devices gently open blocked sinuses.
Reduced bleeding – In many cases, no tissue or bone is removed during surgery using this technology, because of this there may be reduced bleeding. As a result, the need for uncomfortable nasal packing may also be eliminated.
Fast recovery time – While recovery time varies with each patient, some patients have been known to return to normal activities within 24 hours.
Does not limit treatment options – The Relieva Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology is an endoscopic tool and may be used with other medical therapies and/or surgical techniques. It does not limit future treatment options if a patient has progressive disease.

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Relieva Balloon Sinuplasty™ Technology

Step 1: Gain Access to the Sinus

To gain initial sinus access, the sinus guide catheter is introduced into the nasal cavity to target the sinus ostia under endoscopic visualization. The sinus guidewire or the sinus illumination system is introduced through the sinus guide catheter and gently advanced into the target sinus.

 

Step 2: Inflate Balloon Across Ostium

The sinus balloon catheter is introduced over the sinus guidewire or sinus illumination system and positioned across the blocked ostium. The position of the sinus balloon catheter is confirmed and the balloon is gradually inflated to open and remodel the narrowed or blocked ostium.

 

Step 3: Remove Balloon and Irrigate Sinus

The sinus balloon catheter is then deflated and removed. The irrigation catheter is advanced over the sinus guidewire or sinus illumination system into the target sinus. The sinus is then irrigated, flushing tenacious sinus contents – like pus and mucus.

 

Step 4: Remove System

The irrigation catheter is removed, leaving the ostium open and the sinus cleared of mucus allowing the return of sinus drainage. There is little to no disruption to mucosal lining.

 

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