Balloon sinuplasty at Spire Hartswood

Relief from chronic sinusitis

Chronic sinusitis sufferers often experience pressure headaches, severe face pain, lethargy and loss of sense of smell and taste. The majority of sinusitis patients tend to live with their symptoms and take medication, such as nasal sprays, antibiotics and steroids, which may help. If symptoms do not improve, the most commonly performed surgical option to date has been endoscopic sinus surgery, which can involve cutting and drilling larger holes in the delicate bones of the paranasal sinus complex, close to the brain and eyes, to improve drainage.


Diagram of the 4 sinuses

However, a new less invasive technique - balloon sinuplasty - is now available at Spire Hartswood Hospital to patients from Essex, East London and the surrounding area. 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 

Are you suitable for balloon sinuplasty?

If you have chronic sinusitis, you may be suitable for treatment with this new procedure at Spire Hartswood Hospital. Balloon sinuplasty will generally benefit people suffering from:

  • Facial pain, a feeling of pressure, congestion or fullness around the nose
  • Chronic nasal congestion
  • Nasal obstruction or blockage
  • Nasal discharge/purulence
  • Loss of smell or taste
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Dental pain
  • Halitosis (bad breath)

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Me and my operation: The magic tube that helped me breathe again - after surgery with Mr Chatrath

News article appeared in The Daily Mail, Tuesday 30 March 2010.

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