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What is Balloon Sinuplasty?
Brian McCool, M.D. and Tarika Bhuta, M.D.: Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists in Birmingham, AL, treating adults and children

What is Balloon Sinuplasty?

Balloon Sinuplasty is a breakthrough procedure that relieves the pain and pressure associated with chronic sinusitis. It is used by surgeons to safely and effectively treat chronic sinusitis patients who are not responding well to medications such as antibiotics, nasal steroids, or over‐the‐counter (OTC) drugs, and are seeking relief from uncomfortable and painful sinusitis symptoms.


1) Balloon Sinuplasty is similar to angioplasty, whereby balloons are used to open blocked arteries. It is a catheter-based system, and is FDA approved. The procedure is less invasive than traditional sinus surgery, and it allows most patients to return to normal activities quickly.

 

2) With Balloon Sinuplasty, a specially‐designed catheter is inserted into the nose to reach the inflamed sinus cavity. A small balloon is slowly inflated, which widens and restructures the walls of the sinus passage. The trapped mucous within the sinus is drained, but the natural structures within the nose and sinuses are preserved. This allows for minimal to no bleeding or scarring, which in traditional sinus surgery can lead to further blockage of the sinuses.

 

3) Balloon Sinuplasty can be performed in the office or as outpatient procedure.

Balloon Sinuplasty has been used to treat more than 160,000 patients since receiving FDA clearance, and is covered by most insurance companies and Medicare. If you suffer from chronic sinusitis and are not responding well to medications, contact McCool and Bhuta Ear Nose and Throat Specialists to determine if Balloon Sinuplasty is right for you.

For more information about Balloon Sinuplasty, visit www.balloonsinuplasty.com.

 

 

 

 

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