Balloon Sinuplasty offers a new option for patients with chronic sinusitis. Sinusitis, one of the most common reasons for visits to primary care physicians, afflicts approximately 37 million Americans annually.
What is Sinusitis?
Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinus lining most commonly caused by bacterial, viral, and/or microbial infections, as well as structural issues such as blockage of the sinus opening. If the opening is closed, normal mucus drainage may not occur. This condition may lead to infection and inflammation of the sinuses.
Types of Sinusitis
Sinusitis is usually preceded by a cold, allergy attack or irritation from environmental pollutants. Often, the resulting symptoms, such as nasal pressure and congestion run their course in a few days. If symptoms persist, a bacterial infection or acute sinusitis may develop. If the condition occurs frequently or lasts three months or more, it may be chronic sinusitis.
Chronic Sinusitis Treatment
The most frequently used treatments for chronic sinusitis are medical therapies and/or conventional sinus surgery. Medical therapy treatment offers a choice between sprays, antibiotics, steroids and others, while conventional sinus surgery offers the choice between conventional surgical devices and the Balloon Sinuplasty system. Talk to your doctor about whether Balloon Sinuplasty may be right for you.
Steps in Using the Balloon Sinuplasty Technology
Balloon Sinuplasty Benefits*
Safe and Effective
While use of any surgical instrument involves some risk, clinical studies have shown the Balloon Sinuplasty system to be safe and effective in relieving symptoms of sinusitis.
The technology uses small, soft, flexible devices that are introduced through the nostrils. These devices gently open blocked sinus openings.
Because in many cases, no tissue or bone is removed during
surgery using this technology, 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, many people can return to normal activity within 24 hours.
Does Not Limit Treatment Options
The Balloon Sinuplasty technology is an endoscopic tool and may be used with other medical therapies or surgical techniques. It does not limit future treatment options if you have progressive disease.
Ask your physician about Balloon Sinuplasty, another cutting edge outpatient service offered at Lourdes!
* Benefits based on clinical studies on file at Acclarent, Inc.