Balloon sinuplasty for chronic sinusitis

Chronic sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinus lining lasting three months or more, and is one of the most commonly diagnosed chronic illnesses. It is typically caused by bacterial, viral, and/or microbial infections.

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Structural issues such as blockage of the sinus opening can also lead to chronic sinusitis. If the opening is closed, normal mucus drainage may not occur. This condition may lead to infection and inflammation of the sinuses.

Sinuses are air-filled pockets that surround the nose. Each sinus has an opening through which mucus drains. Chronic sinusitis sufferers do not experience the normal drainage which keeps the sinus healthy. Typical treatment begins with medication prescribed by your doctor. However, for some patients medication will not provide symptom relief, and surgery will be recommended.

Common signs and symptoms:

  • Facial pain, pressure, congestion or fullness
  • Difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Discharge of yellow or green mucus from the nose
  • Teeth pain
  • Loss of the sense of smell or taste
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Bad breath

If you are experiencing some of these symptoms you may be suffering from chronic sinusitis. Call us now on 01293 778 906 to find our more or to make an appointment.

What is the Balloon Sinuplasty™ System?

Balloon Sinuplasty™ Technology is a safe and minimally invasive system used as a tool by surgeons when treating chronic sinusitis. Doctors thread a guide wire equipped with a tiny balloon into the nostrils and up to the area of blockage. They then inflate the balloon just enough to open the passageway. Sinuses are opened in the same way that doctors open up blocked arteries during a balloon angioplasty. Tens of thousands of patients have experienced the benefits of the Balloon Sinuplasty™ System.

How does it work?

This new technique uses the same technology that is used by cardiologists to widen blocked arteries. Dedicated balloons widen the drainage channels from the sinuses into the nasal cavities, with the aim of improving drainage of secretions and hence relieving pressure within the sinus complex. The following pictures show how this new technique works.

Following general anaesthetic, a guided wire is fed from the nose into the sinus cavities and a tiny balloon is then fed along the wire to the blockage. Once safely anchored in place, the balloon is gently inflated displacing the fine bone at the sinus junction without damaging the delicate membrane lining. The balloon is then deflated and removed. The surgery takes about 30 - 45 minutes and patients are normally able to go home the same day.

Images courtesy of Acclarent, Inc

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