Balloon Sinuplasty

Friday, October 19, 2012

Sinusitis affects 37 million people each year, making it one of the most common health problems in the U.S. Treatment options used to be limited but another option has emerged for sinus sufferers. Dr. Edward Hill discuss balloon sinuplasty in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally-invasive outpatient procedure to open and expand blocked sinuses.

The procedure was patterned after balloon angioplasty done during cardiac catheterization. A small catheter and balloon are placed endoscopically through a nostril to quickly open and expand blocked sinuses.

Previously, chronic sinus sufferers had only two treatment options: medications such as antibiotics and topical nasal steroids, or conventional sinus surgery that requires removing bone and tissue to open blocked sinus passageways.

Because no tissue or bone is removed, there is less bleeding with balloon sinuplasty, so no uncomfortable nasal packaging is required and recovery is faster. While not everyone is a candidate for balloon sinuplasty, including people with severe sinus problems and nasal polyps, the procedure has proven safe and effective for patients as young as 2 years old.

The new procedure has shown very good results resolving stuffy nose, headaches, drainage and recurring sinus infections. After two years, about 90 percent of patients are still trouble-free.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.