Balloon sinuplasty is a novel technology usually in combination with the traditional functional endoscopic sinus surgery in restoring the natural drainage pathway of sinuses. It borrows the concept of angioplasty in using balloon to dilate the natural ostium of sinus with minimal damage to neighboring structures and mucosa, thus preventing restenosis of sinus openings. It may be performed in the office under local anesthesia and offers patients another option for rapid recovery to work.
Who needs the operation?
Chronic maxillary, sphenoid, or frontal sinusitis refractory to medical management
Those with significant polyp disease, cystic fibrosis, previous sinus surgery, or osteoneogenesis are not good candidates for balloon sinuplasty