Sinusitis affects 37 million people each year, making it one of the most
common health problems in the U.S. It is more prevalent than heart disease
and asthma and has a greater impact on quality of life than chronic back
pain or congestive heart failure. Symptoms may significantly affect people
physically, functionally, and emotionally.
A new technology may provide relief for chronic sinusitis sufferers. An
endoscopic, outpatient procedure—called "balloon sinuplasty”—gently
restructures and opens narrow sinus passageways, restoring normal drainage
If you have been diagnosed with chronic sinusitis and are not responding
well to antibiotics you may be a candidate for surgery, you now have a
less invasive option that is clinically proven to be safe, effective and
improve the quality of your life.
Balloon sinuplasty may be particularly beneficial to patients that have
had their sinus problems diagnosed early. For patients with chronic, long-lasting
problems, the procedure may be effective for some, though not all, of
Your ear, nose and throat specialist will discuss with you whether or not
you are a candidate for full or partial treatment using balloon sinuplasty.
What is Sinusitis?
Sinusitis (also called rhinosinusitis) is the name of the condition in
which the lining of your sinuses becomes inflamed. The sinuses are air
spaces behind the bones of the upper face, between the eyes and behind
the forehead, nose and cheeks.
Normally, the sinuses drain through small openings into the inside of the
nose. Anything that blocks the flow may cause a buildup of mucus in the
sinuses. The blockage and inflammation of the sinus membranes can be infectious
The symptoms caused by sinusitis may be quite uncomfortable. The signs
and symptoms may include:
- Facial pain, pressure, congestion or fullness
- Difficulty breathing through the nose
- Discharge of yellow or green mucus from the nose
- Teeth pain
- Loss of the sense of smell or taste
- Sore throat
- Bad breath
How Balloon Sinuplasty Works
Under general anesthesia, a physician inserts a guide wire catheter equipped
with a tiny balloon through the nostril in order to gain access to the
blocked sinus passageway and the balloon is inflated, gently opening and
widening the sinus passageway. The balloon is then deflated and withdrawn
leaving an open sinus passageway thus restoring normal sinus drainage
Benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty
- Minimally invasive
- Reduced bleeding
- Improved recovery time
- Does not limit treatment options
Does Not Limit Treatment Options
While recovery time varies with each patient, many people can return to
normal activities within 24 hours.
As with use of any surgical instrument, there are risks, and results may
vary from patient to patient. Talk with your doctor about your specific
condition to find out if the balloon sinuplasty option is right for you.
Find a Specialist
For a referral to a physician that specializes in this technology, call
(800) ALVARADO (800-258-2723) or
click here. Or, request information