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Ear, Nose & Throat: Chronic Sinusitis

Surgery

Balloon Sinuplasty is a safe and effective procedure for chronic sinusitis patients who are not responding well to medications and are seeking relief from uncomfortable and painful sinusitis symptoms.

Balloon Sinuplasty uses a small, flexible, balloon catheter to open up blocked sinus passageways and facilitate drainage of the mucus that builds up in patients suffering from chronic sinusitis. When the sinus balloon is inflated, it restructures and widens the walls of the sinus passageway while maintaining the integrity of the sinus lining.

Unlike traditional sinus surgery, Balloon Sinuplasty requires no cutting and no removal of bone and tissue. Published clinical data in the leading ENT journal shows that it is safe and effective: patients experienced no adverse events and received statistically and clinically significant improvement in their sinusitis symptoms.1

Balloon Sinuplasty is typically performed under general anesthesia in an outpatient setting. It is now also available to some patients as a procedure conducted in a doctor’s office under local anesthesia.

Clinical data shows that Balloon sinuplasty provides symptom relief:

  • 95% of patients demonstrated that sinus symptoms improved in an average follow-up period of nine months in a multi-center study of 1,036 patients who had Balloon Sinuplasty2
  • Another multi-center study followed 65 patients who had Balloon Sinuplasty and reported clinically and statistically significant improvement in patient symptoms out to two years.1
  • 95% percent of patients who had Balloon Sinuplasty would recommend the procedure to their family and friends.3

1Weiss, et al. “Long-term outcome analysis of balloon catheter sinusotomy: Two-year follow-up.” Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 2008, Vol. 139, pp. S38-S46.
2Levine, et al. Multicenter Registry of Balloon Catheter Sinusotomy Outcomes for 1,036 Patients, Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology, 2008, Vol. 117, pp. 263-270.
3ORIOS I, office-based dilation, Data on file at Acclarent.