1. Balloon sinuplasty is a relatively quick (30 minute) in office procedure done to open blocked outflow tracks of the paranasal sinuses. It involves threading a tiny wire into the sinus and then advancing a balloon over the wire. The balloon is then inflated, deflated, and removed. This is then repeated for each involved sinus.
2. The balloon is guided either by a light coming out of the guide wire, or by computer guidance. This ensures that the balloon is in the proper location prior to inflation.
3. Balloon sinuplasty can be done under local anesthesia or sedation. Sedation can be a light sedation given by mouth, or a deeper sedation given by IV. Whichever level of sedation patients choose, they return to pretty normal activities by the following day.
4. Balloon sinuplasty is used to treat chronic or recurrent sinusitis that has not responded adequately to medical management. Typical symptoms may include nasal obstruction, facial pressure, headaches, congestion, facial pain, or recurrent infections.
5. Balloon sinuplasty has been performed in the United States since just after the turn of the century. It is covered by pretty much all insurances and medicare. Coverage guidelines are appropriately strict and require a thorough evaluation and conservative treatment measures first.
6. Success rates of balloon sinuplasty are extremely high. In most studies, significant improvement in quality of life and sinus disease standardized scores is achieved in over 90% of patients.
7. Balloon sinuplasty may be combined with other nasal procedures, including repair of a deviated nasal septum, correction of nasal valve weakness, reduction of turbinates, or rhinoplasty surgery.
Physicians at the Nose and Sinus Institute of Boca Raton have been caring for patients for over three decades. Nathan E. Nachlas, MD is a former Chief Resident and Assistant Chief of Service in the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. His Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship was performed in Beverly Hills, California. Gregory S. Dibelius, MD is a former Chief Resident at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. He completed his Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship in Chicago under Dean Toriumi, MD. Pioneering work on balloon sinuplasty was performed at the Institute resulting in multiple clinical articles showing the excellent results and safety of this procedure. The first Computer Assisted Balloon Sinuplasty performed in the United States was done at the Institute by their physicians. Their physicians have the longest experience in the country with minimally invasive sinus procedures.
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