More Room To Breathe
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 concerns about 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 the relief of their symptoms. 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 Acclarent Balloon Sinuplasty™ in Novi, Brighton, and Bingham Farms, Michigan. The information below will provide a more detailed perspective on the advantages of Acclarent Balloon Sinuplasty™.
Clarity For Sinusitis
Acclarent Balloon SinuplastyTM devices are FDA-cleared, catheter-based technologies specifically designed to navigate the tortuous sinus anatomy. The Acclarent® Sinus Balloon system is used to open the blocked sinus ostium, and in many cases, without tissue or bone removal. Using the Acclarent Sinus Balloon system, the blocked sinus ostium is gently dilated, restoring normal sinus drainage and function.
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.
Opening Blocked Sinuses
If you suffer from chronic sinusitis and traditional treatments haven't worked, you may be a candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty. This minimally invasive procedure can offer relief from symptoms like facial pain, pressure, recurrent infections, and headaches. Plus, it has a shorter recovery time than traditional sinus surgery. If you're considering this treatment option, talk to your doctor to see if it's right for you.
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.
Most people who undergo sinus dilation surgery recover quickly and have little pain or discomfort afterward. You will likely be able to go home on the same day as your procedure. Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself at home. These instructions may include using a nasal spray, avoiding blowing your nose, and sleeping with your head elevated. Most people can return to their normal activities within a few days.
Next Best Thing to a Cure
For many people, the results of Balloon Sinuplasty last for several years. However, it is important to note that the procedure is not a cure for sinusitis. The surgery aims to improve symptoms and make it easier to manage the condition. Sometimes, people may need to have the procedure repeated if their symptoms return or they develop new sinus infections.
You're One Step Closer To Relief
Chronic sinusitis can be a real pain, both figuratively and literally. If you’re sick of feeling stuffed up and ready to do something about it, you may be a candidate for a new, minimally-invasive treatment called Balloon Sinuplasty. Our team at ENT Specialists works hard to ensure you get the relief you need. Schedule your appointment today in Novi, Brighton, or Bingham Farms.
All products (Acclarent® Sinus Access and Sinus Balloon products) are cleared by the FDA and available for human use.
Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive option to treat sinusitis surgically. The procedure involves inserting a tiny balloon into the sinus passageway and inflating it to open up the blocked sinus. Because it is minimally invasive, there is no cutting or removal of bone or tissue, which means there is little to no pain or discomfort associated with the procedure.
Although the risks of Balloon Sinuplasty are low, as with any surgery, there is a slight risk of infection, bleeding, or damage to the surrounding structures. In addition, in some rare cases, the sinus balloon may not inflate properly or may deflate prematurely. Overall, however, patients who undergo this procedure report high satisfaction and symptom relief rates.
Possibly. Your doctor will help decide whether you are awake during the procedure. Local anesthesia is used to numb your sinuses and the surrounding area. A small balloon is then inserted through your nostril and into your blocked sinus passageway. The balloon is then inflated to open up the passageway. Once the balloon is removed, the passage stays open.
Many insurance companies cover balloon sinuplasty as it is medically necessary. However, it's always best to check with your specific insurance provider to be sure. If your insurance doesn't cover the procedure, don't worry. There are financing options available to make balloon sinuplasty more affordable.
You're entitled to a higher quality of life. At ENT Specialists, our warm and compassionate team will keep you comfortable and happy throughout your relief journey. Schedule your one-on-one consultation today to experience the difference ENT Specialists can make in your life! We offer ENT treatments in Novi, Brighton, and Bingham Farms.
25500 Meadowbrook Road Suite 220, Novi, MI 48375