Sinuplasty-FDA approved minimally invasive procedure ideal
for some forms of sinus problems
Balloon Sinuplasty technology is a US FDA-cleared, endoscopic,
catheter-based system for patients suffering from sinusitis.
The technology uses a small, flexible, Sinus Balloon Catheter
to open up blocked sinus passageways, restoring normal
sinus drainage and function. When the sinus balloon is
inflated, it gently restructures and widens the walls
of the passageway while maintaining the integrity of the
Steps in using the Balloon SinuplastyTM technology
The technology is used only by qualified Ear, Nose, and
Throat surgeons who are accredited after special FDA-approved
training. Outside of the USA, there are presently only
about 200 international ENT surgeons accredited.
|Using the Balloon Sinuplasty
system, your surgeon gently places a Sinus Guide Catheter
and a flexible Sinus Guidewire through the nostrils
to access the target sinus.Flouroscopy confirms intended
position in the sinus. Next, a Sinus Balloon Catheter
is advanced over the Sinus Guidewire.
| The Sinus Balloon Catheter
is positioned across the blocked ostium and gently
||The Balloon Sinuplasty system
is removed, leaving an open sinus passageway and restoring
normal drainage and function.
. The Benefits in Using the Balloon
Safe and Effective
While use of any surgical instrument involves some risk,
clinical studies have indicated the Balloon SinuplastyTM
system to be safe and effective in relieving symptoms
The 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.
Because in many instances no tissue or bone is removed
when using this technology, there may be reduced bleeding
associated with the procedure. As a result, the need
for uncomfortable nasal packing may also be eliminated.
Improved Recovery Time
While recovery time varies with each patient, many people
can return to normal activities within 24 hours.
Does Not Limit Treatment Options
This 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
As with use of any surgical instrument, there are risks,
and results may vary from patient to patient.
Call us for an appointment and Dr. Huang will be most glad
to discuss with you about this revolutionary procedure and
if it is suitable for your sinus condition.
This new technology is ideal for frontal sinus (forehead)
The frontal sinus anatomy is very complex and until now,
even the most experienced sinus surgeons can have problems
locating and confirming the location of the frontal sinus
opening. As the sinuses are situated near vital structures
such as the eye/brain linings and large carotid vessels
(in the case of sphenoid sinus), these structures may be
inadvertently damaged when the sinuses are not identified
Even after comfirming the frontal sinus' location, traditional
surgery techniques of Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
(FESS) entails removing mucosa ( internal skin) which often
results in scarring leading to stenosis (contraction) and
The Balloon technique is non-traumatic in the sense that
after confirmation (with flouroscopy) that the balloon is
in the intended location it is inflated and this widens
the bottle-neck by bluntly pushing the natural ostium (opening)
outwards. Hence I sincerely feel that it is one of the most
promising techniques available to us now.
Another major advantage is that nasal packing is usually
not necessary and many patients can be discharged on the
same day. There is definitely less bleeding,pain and discomfort.
Other sinus that will benefit from this is the maxillary
(cheek) sinus and the sphenoid (below skull base) sinus.
I have discussed with the Acclarent manufacturers and they
are at present doing intensive research and development
on the other major sinus (ie Ethmoid sinus) but presently,
there is no suitable balloon for this sinus.
Balloon sinusplasty is not recommended if the only sinus
pathology is gross polyposis as even if we widen the ostia,
the polyps would just grow on the mucosa of the widened
ostia leading to obstruction again.
Please remember to bring whatever radiological films you
already have. A recent CT Scan of the sinuses (Coronal/Axial/Sagittal
views) would be required.
If you do not have them, I can readily arrange for one
within a day or two.
Dr.Huang Shoou Chyuan
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