BMN Blog

FEB 16

Until recently, sufferers of chronic or recurrent sinusitis were limited to two treatment options: medication therapy or aggressive sinus surgery. Fortunately, advances in medical science have opened new doors.

If you suffer from poor sinus drainage, you already know that antibiotics, decongestants, and steroids can do only so much. Balloon sinus dilation is a simple procedure that gently expands the natural sinus openings to fix underlying drainage problems.

Balloon Sinuplasty is a minimally invasive office procedure, performed under local anesthesia, that can deliver immediate and long-lasting relief. The procedure reshapes sinus pathways by inflating small balloons in key places in the nose and sinuses, restoring drainage with very little “down time”.

The balloon technique is an alternative, less invasive treatment than the traditional functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS). The sinuses are dilated with a balloon instead of using metal instruments to cut and remove tissue to increase the openings. Because of less risk and fewer complications, balloon sinuplasty can be performed in the office under local anesthesia. This opens-up an avenue of treatment for patients with sinus disease who otherwise would not be candidates for surgery secondary to age, health conditions, previous reactions to general anesthesia, or fear of "going under". For the right patient, this procedure can have the same degree of impact on reduction of symptoms as the formal surgery. It’s convenient, comfortable, effective and quick.


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  2. Cutler J, Bikhazi N, Light J, Truitt T, Schwartz M. Standalone balloon dilation versus sinus surgery for chronic rhinosinusitis: A prospective, multicenter, randomized, controlled trial. Am J Rhinol Allergy 2013 Sep-Oct;27(5):416-22. doi: 10.2500/ajra.2013.27.3970. Epub 2013 Aug 5.

Bikhazi N, Light J, Schwartz M, Truitt T, Cutler J, REMODEL Study Investigators. Standalone balloon dilation versus sinus surgery for chronic rhinosinusitis: A prospective, multicenter, randomized, controlled trial with 1-year follow-up. Am J Rhinol Allergy 2014 Jul-Aug;28(4):323-9. doi: 10.2500/ajra.2014.28.4064. Epub 2014 May 12..

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