Balloon Sinuplasty offers a new option for patients with chronic
sinusitis. Sinusitis, one of the most common reasons for
visits to primary care physicians, afflicts approximately 37
million Americans annually.
What is Sinusitis?
Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinus lining most commonly
caused by bacterial, viral, and/or microbial infections, as well as
structural issues such as blockage of the sinus opening. If the
opening is closed, normal mucus drainage may not occur. This
condition may lead to infection and inflammation of the
Types of Sinusitis
Sinusitis is usually preceded by a cold, allergy attack or
irritation from environmental pollutants. Often, the
resulting symptoms, such as nasal pressure and congestion run their
course in a few days. If symptoms persist, a bacterial
infection or acute sinusitis may develop. If
the condition occurs frequently or lasts three months or more, it
may be chronic sinusitis.
Chronic Sinusitis Treatment
The most frequently used treatments for chronic sinusitis are
medical therapies and/or conventional sinus surgery. Medical
therapy treatment offers a choice between sprays, antibiotics,
steroids and others, while conventional sinus surgery offers the
choice between conventional surgical devices and the Balloon
Sinuplasty system. Talk to your doctor about whether Balloon
Sinuplasty may be right for you.
Steps in Using the Balloon Sinuplasty Technology
Balloon Sinuplasty Benefits*
Safe and Effective
While use of any surgical instrument involves some risk,
clinical studies have shown the Balloon Sinuplasty system to be
safe and effective in relieving symptoms of sinusitis.
The technology uses small, soft, flexible devices that are
introduced through the nostrils. These devices gently open blocked
Because in many cases, no tissue or bone is removed during
surgery using this technology, there may be reduced bleeding.
As a result, the need for uncomfortable nasal packing may also be
Fast Recovery Time
While recovery time varies with each patient, many people can
return to normal activity within 24 hours.
Does Not Limit Treatment Options
The Balloon Sinuplasty technology is an endoscopic tool and may
be used with other medical therapies or surgical techniques. It
does not limit future treatment options if you have progressive
Ask your physician about Balloon
Sinuplasty, another cutting edge outpatient service offered at
* Benefits based on clinical studies on file at Acclarent,