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Balloon Sinuplasty

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Balloon Sinuplasty Overview

Balloon Sinuplasty™ Technology provides surgeons with an endoscopic, catheter-based system to open blocked sinuses for patients suffering from sinusitis. Recently published data in the leading ENT journal shows that the technology is safe and effective: study participants experienced no adverse events and received statistically and clinically significant improvement in their symptoms.

Balloon Sinuplasty™ Technology is used by qualified Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) physicians and involves the use of tiny balloons to open blocked sinuses similar to how angioplasty uses balloons to open blocked coronary arteries.

The diagram below shows an inflamed left frontal sinus.

During sinus surgery, an ENT physician will use Balloon Sinuplasty™ devices to open the blockage that is preventing sinus drainage.

The following picture summarizes the steps associated with using the Balloon Sinuplasty™ Technology:

Technology Chart


Balloon Sinuplasty Benefits

  • Safe and EffectiveWhile use of any surgical instrument involves some risk, clinical research has indicated the Balloon Sinuplasty™ System to be safe and effective in improving symptoms of sinusitis.
  • Minimally InvasiveThe technology uses small, soft, flexible devices that enter entirely through the nostrils. These devices gently open blocked sinus openings, and in many cases, without tissue or bone removal.
  • Minimal BleedingBecause in many instances no tissue or bone is removed when using this technology, there may be little bleeding associated with the procedure.
  • Quick Recovery TimeWhile recovery time varies with each patient, many people can quickly return to normal activities.
  • Does Not Limit Treatment OptionsThis technology is an endoscopic tool and may be used with other medical therapies or sinus surgery techniques. It does not limit future treatment options if you have progressive disease.

Intended for use by or under the direction of a physician. Balloon Sinuplasty Technology has associated risks, including tissue and mucosal trauma, infection, or possible optic injury. Consult your physician for a full discussion of risks and benefits to determine whether this procedure is right for you.


In-Office Surgery Option

Dr. Amanda Salvado,  Dr. Michelle Putnam, and Dr. Dorothy Wang, are highly trained and experienced ENT surgeons who frequently perform the Balloon Sinuplasty procedure both in our Culver City office’s procedure suite, and in hospital settings.