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February 17, 2009

Balloon Sinuplasty: A new option

Filed under: ENT News — admin @ 11:45 am


We are familiar with the use of balloon angioplasty and arterial stenting in cardiology, and the results for coronary artery disease have been proven over the last decade.  Similar technology has progressed into use in sinus surgery, and sinusitis patients can now have their narrow sinus openings dilated with a balloon. This new technique of Balloon SinuplastyTM, which was invented in the US by Acclarent Inc., has been proven to be safe and is associated with reduced bleeding and shorter hospitalization. The level of postoperative care is reduced as there is no pain or bleeding and nasal packing is not required.

Patients are able to return to work or go for a holiday the very next day after the procedure.  A computerized tomography (CT) scan is performed before the operation to assist the surgeon in diagnosing sinusitis and detecting abnormalities.  The balloon is inserted into the sinus with the guidance of fl uoroscopy, which is similar to the cardiac angiogram. However, the radiation exposure is comparatively low, as most ENT surgeons with previous sinus surgery experience will be able to insert the balloon with minimal use of fl uoroscopy… more balloon-sinuplasty


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