What is Balloon Sinuplasty?
There is now an alternative to hospital-based surgery for debilitating sinus disease: Balloon Sinuplasty™. Clinical research has shown Balloon Sinuplasty™ to be a safe and effective tool in dilating blocked sinuses. This technology utilizes a small, guided balloon catheter placed through the nose to open up the sinuses, similar to how angioplasty uses balloons to open blocked coronary arteries.
After pledgets dipped in anesthetic are removed from the nose, the tiny catheter is then advanced alongside a small endoscope. Moments later, the balloon is inflated to gently dilate the blocked sinus passage, maintaining the integrity of the sinus lining and restoring normal sinus drainage and function. There is minimal to no discomfort and most patients resume full activity within 12 hours.
Recently published data shows that the technology is safe and effective: study participants experienced no adverse events and received significant relief from their symptoms. Drs. Kanhaiyalal, Sanjay, and Manoj Kantu have successfully performed hundreds of balloon sinuplasties in carefully chosen patients.
How it works?
In the following, a clinical process of balloon sinuplasty is described graphically through a set of 3 simple diagrams.
|1. Gain Access to Sinus
||2. Inflate Balloon across Ostium
||3. Deflate and Remove Balloon
|To gain initial sinus access, our sinus guide catheter is introduced into the
nasal cavity to target the sinus ostia under endoscopic visualization. Our sinus
guidewire or our sinus illumination system is introduced through the sinus guide
catheter and gently advanced into the target sinus.
||The sinus balloon catheter is introduced over the sinus illumination system and positioned
across the blocked ostium. The position of the sinus balloon catheter is confirmed and the
balloon is gradually inflated to open and remodel the narrowed or blocked ostium.
||The sinus balloon catheter is then deflated and removed, Leaving the ostium open allowing the
return of sinus drainage. There is little to no disruption to mucosal lining.