Balloon Sinuplasty™ is an endoscopic, catheter-based technology utilized in sinus surgery that has been developed to make the procedure less invasive and to reduce recovery times. This FDA-cleared technology uses a small, flexible, sinus balloon catheter to open up blocked sinus passageways, restoring normal sinus drainage. When the sinus balloon is inflated, it gently restructures and widens the walls of the passageway while maintaining the integrity of the sinus lining.
The diagram to the right shows an inflamed left maxillary sinus. An ENT physician will use Balloon Sinuplasty™ devices to open the blockage that is preventing sinus drainage.
The following steps summarize the Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology:
1. Gain Access to the Sinus
To gain initial sinus access, a sinus guide catheter is introduced into the nasal cavity to target the sinus ostia under endoscopic visualization. A sinus guide wire or a sinus illumination system is introduced through the sinus guide catheter and gently advanced into the target sinus.
2. Inflate Balloon Across Ostium
The sinus balloon catheter is introduced over the sinus guide wire or 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.
3. Remove Balloon and Irrigate Sinus
The sinus balloon catheter is then deflated and removed, leaving the ostium open. The sinus is then irrigated, flushing tenacious sinus contents—like pus and mucus.
4. Remove System
The irrigation catheter is removed, leaving the sinus cleared of mucus allowing the return of sinus drainage. There is little to no disruption to mucosal lining.
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