Balloon Sinuplasty For a Happy Sinus
Clinical research proves that the Balloon Sinuplasty method
of surgically addressing chronic Rhinosinusitis is a proven, minimally invasive option for dilating blocked sinuses
Sinus Balloon Sinuplasty Causes
A properly draining sinus is a healthy sinus and when this drainage is blocked, mucous build-up starts to occur.
Due to allergic reactions, improper drainage and microbial infections, many people suffer from accumulated mucous and/or inflammation of the membrane in their sinuses, which results in chronic sinusitis.
Some may suffer from Acute Sinusitis – flaring up only when they have a bad infection.
Sinus Balloon Sinuplasty Treatment
When a patient suffers from Sinusitis, the first course of treatment is usually medication.
- Most often the prescription will be for antibiotics, often coupled with nasal steroid sprays, depending on the severity of the infection.
- These help to reduce the mucosal swelling, and also fight infection and help to remove the obstruction of the sinus openings, thus enabling drainage to happen.
- Very often doctors advise patients to use steam inhalation and/or saline nasal sprays or drops to relive the discomfort and aid in opening up the sinuses and nasal passages.
Though most patients will respond positively to these measures, and recover adequately, about 20 per cent of patients do not respond sufficiently. These are the ores who will need more help and extra measures to help them recover. The next step is invariably surgical consults.
The most prevalent surgical procedure used for sinus surgery is Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS).
• Although FESS clears blocked sinuses and restores drainage, it may not necessarily return normal functioning to the sinuses.
• Removal of the bone and tissue also leads to scarring, bleeding and postoperative discomfort to the patient.
After almost two decades of FF55, the recurrence and revision rates of about 1 8 per cent (USA statistics) made the surgeons wonder as to what could be going wrong. Further research identified that the uncinate process and its mucociliary mechanism, which is routinely removed in FESS, is required for a functioning sinus and also a wide open cavity means less nitric oxide concentration in the sinuses which has bactericidal properties.
Also, if a patient has an atypical anatomy. FF55 is more difficult to use. This is where technology has brought in an even better solution — Balloon Sinuplasty.
Balloon Sinuplasty Technology
Balloon Sinuplasty is the fruit of combining endoscopic techniques with new or emerging technology. It has been in use for more than seven years with over 2,00,070 patients treated and 6,00,210 sinusotomies performed in United States of America.
The technique uses a small, flexible, sinus balloon catheter, which is placed into the nose to reach the sinuses. This is gradually inflated to gently restructure the previously blocked nasal passage, maintaining the integrity of the sinus lining and restoring normal sinus drainage and function.
Balloon Sinuplasty’s advantages over conventional surgery
- Safe and effective — Much less risky than other surgical m?thods in relieving symptoms of Sinusitis.
- Minimally invasive and patient friendly — Less invasive, less trauma, less pain, less recovery time Gust 24 hours for most patients), less scarring and less follow-up procedures. There is minimal bleeding and many patients have been able to return to normal activities within 24 hours.
Does not limit treatment options
- It can safely be used in tandem with other medical therapies or sinus surgery techniques. It does not limit future treatment options.
- Can be used by special case patients Including those who are prone to excessive bleeding or those in ICU.
It is essential that Sinusitis be treated as early as possible, to ensure:
- It will not develop into a chronic, and debilitating condition
- It will serve to protect against other complications from arising
Treating early also means that the patient will be able to get relief from simpler measures such as medications or Balloon Sinuplasty, and can avoid more radical and invasive measures.