Surgical Treatment for Chronic Sinusitis
Less Trauma, Faster Recovery with Balloon Sinuplasty
Depending on your diagnosis, you may be eligible for a less invasive type of surgery to treat chronic sinusitis. Chronic sinusitis diagnoses are subdivided into patients with polyps and patients without polyps.
Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
Endoscopic sinus surgery is a surgical procedure used to remove blockages in the sinuses and nasal polyps. It is designed to improve drainage of the sinuses. Using an endoscope inserted into the nose, surgeons are able to view the sinuses and use instruments alongside the endoscope to remove small amounts of bone, blockages or growths of the mucous membrane.
Less Trauma, Faster Recovery
Balloon sinuplasty is a new technique in sinus surgery. Instead of using endoscopic instruments, surgeons use balloons to gently dilate the sinus openings. This technique is similar to angioplasty, which uses balloons to open blocked blood vessels.
Not all patients are candidates for this type of sinus surgery. For example, balloon sinuplasty is not effective in removing nasal polyps or in patients with extensive scarring of the sinus openings.
The benefits of balloon sinuplasty are less trauma to the surrounding tissue and preservation of the natural sinus openings. Recovery may also be faster than conventional sinus surgery.