As advances in technology have been adapted to the field of Rhinology, safe, effective and less invasive treatment options have been developed. Our sub-specialty trained physicians have expertise in these treatment options including in-office balloon sinuplasty.
Balloon sinuplasty is a procedure whereby the natural openings to the sinuses are dilated to treat sinusitis. Unlike traditional sinus surgery, balloon sinuplasty does not involve cutting or removal of bone and soft tissue. Instead, a small guide wire is carefully passed through the nasal cavity and into the sinus to be addressed. Once correct placement has been confirmed, a small, flexible, balloon catheter is advanced into the often blocked or narrowed natural opening to the sinus. The balloon is then dilated to open the sinus passageways and facilitate drainage of the mucus that builds up in patients suffering from chronic sinusitis symptoms.
Numerous clinical studies have demonstrated that balloon sinuplasty is a safe tool in the management of sinusitis. These devices are FDA approved and the American Rhinologic Society and the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery have favorable position statements concerning this technology.
Physicians at the NYSI have the expertise to perform this procedure safely and effectively in the office while minimizing patient discomfort with numerous anesthetic techniques. This has numerous benefits for our patients including following:
- Anesthesia – In-office balloon sinuplasty is performed under local anesthesia, eliminating the need for general anesthesia which can be riskier. Furthermore, some patients may not be healthy enough to tolerate general anesthesia safely.
- Recovery – In-office balloon sinuplasty often has faster recovery times than traditional sinus surgery. Most patients can return to work within a few days.
If you are a candidate for this procedure, you will be carefully anesthetized with topically applied liquids and gels. After you are fully anesthetized with topical techniques, injectable anesthetics may also be used to assure maximum comfort during the procedure. Once our physicians determine that you have been fully anesthetized, the procedure begins with dilation of the sinus(es).
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