A Novel, Catheter-Based Device Option
Balloon sinuplasty devices represent a new technology in the opening of blocked sinuses and, in many cases, without tissue or bone removal. The FDA-cleared Relieva® balloon sinuplasty products are used by qualified ear, nose, and throat (ENT) physicians.
How Does Balloon Sinuplasty Work?
Step 1: Using the balloon sinuplasty system, our ENT specialist gently places a sinus guide catheter and a flexible sinus guidewire through the nostrils to access the target sinus. Then a sinus balloon catheter is advanced over the sinus guidewire.
Step 2: The sinus balloon catheter is positioned across the blocked sinus opening and gently inflated.
Step 3: The balloon sinuplasty system is removed, leaving an open sinus passageway and restoring normal sinus drainage and function.
Benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty
- Safe and effective
While use of any surgical instrument involves some risk, clinical studies have shown the balloon sinuplasty system to be safe and effective in relieving symptoms of sinusitis.
- Minimally invasive
The technology uses small, soft, flexible devices that are introduced through the nostrils. These devices gently open blocked sinus openings.
- Reduced bleeding
Because in many cases, no tissue or bone is removed during surgery using this technology, there may be reduced bleeding. As a result, the need for uncomfortable nasal packing may also be eliminated.
- Fast recovery time
While recovery time varies with each patient, many people can return to normal activity within 24 hours.
- Does not limit treatment options
The balloon sinuplasty technology is an endoscopic tool and may be used with other medical therapies or surgical techniques. It does not limit future treatment options if you have progressive disease.
For more information about balloon sinuplasty and whether it is right for you, request an appointment online with one of our board-certified otolaryngologists at Austin ENT Clinic or call us at 512-381-2850 to arrange a consultation.