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Ear, Nose & Throat: Chronic Sinusitis


Chronic sinusitis treatment aims to lessen or eliminate the symptoms caused by inflamed or blocked sinuses. An ENT doctor is qualified to diagnose chronic sinusitis and determine the best sinusitis treatment options for you.

Typical treatment begins with medication, which may include:

  • Decongestants
  • Nasal steroids
  • Antibiotics
  • Mucus thinning drugs
  • Decongestants
  • Oral steroids

Treatment may also include natural remedies, including Neti Pot and other sinus rinse products.

However, health-care professionals often find it difficult to treat the majority of chronic sinusitis sufferers with medication. It is estimated that up to 60% of sinusitis sufferers do not get relief with medication.1

Sinus Surgery for Chronic Sinusitis Treatment

Today, there is a breakthrough procedure used by ENT doctors to treat chronic sinusitis. Balloon Sinuplasty uses a small, flexible balloon catheter to open inflamed sinuses. The balloon catheter is placed into the nose to reach the inflamed sinuses, and gradually inflated to restructure the previously blocked nasal passage.

Unlike conventional sinus surgery, Balloon Sinuplasty preserves the normal anatomy of the sinuses and mucosal tissue, and does not require the removal of bone and tissue. Clinical studies have shown that the procedure is safe and effective.2,3 For some patients, the Balloon Sinuplasty procedure is now conducted in the doctor’s office, under local anesthesia.

Previously, the only surgical option for clearing blocked sinuses was known as functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS), which removes bone and tissue from the nose to enlarge the sinus opening. This removal of bone and tissue can require uncomfortable nasal packing after surgery and lead to post-surgery pain and scarring.

If you have been diagnosed with chronic sinusitis and are not responding well to antibiotics, you may be a candidate for sinus surgery. There is now a less invasive option used by ENT doctors to treat chronic sinusitis that is clinically proven to be safe, effective and improve the quality of your life.

The benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty include:

  • Safe – more than 150,000 patients worldwide have been treated safely with Balloon Sinuplasty.
  • Proven – over 95% of patients who’ve had the procedure say they would have it again.4
  • Fast – while recovery time varies with each patient, people can quickly return to normal activities.5

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2Weiss, 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.
3Levine, 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.
4ORIOS I, office-based dilation, Data on file at Acclarent.
5Wynn R, Vaughn W. “Post-Operative Pain After FESS with Balloon Sinuplasty.”AAO, 2006.