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Balloon Sinuplasty Procedure

What is BSP?

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If you're a chronic sinusitis suffer, most likely you're aware of the traditional arsenal of treatments. These include a wide array of prescription and over-the-counter medicines, and, until recently, the one and only surgical option for clearing blocked sinuses -- functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS), which removes bone and tissue from the nose to enlarge the sinus opening. FESS can be painful, cause scarring, and requires uncomfortable nasal packing.

The exciting news is that there’s an excellent, proven alternative now offered at Topeka Ear Nose & Throat. It’s known as Balloon Sinuplasty (BSP). Since 2005, when it was first introduced, BSP has helped more than 150,000 patients to finally end their chronic sinustis suffering. Patients with recurrent acute sinus infections or those with chronic sinus pressure and weather-related sinus headaches (“barosinusitis”) due to narrow sinus openings may also benefit from dilation of these openings.

How does the procedure work?

With Balloon Sinuplasty, your TENT physician can open inflamed sinuses in the same way that heart surgeons open up blocked arteries during balloon angioplasty. Balloon Sinuplasty (BSP) 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.

How is BSP performed?

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Step One: Using the Balloon Sinuplasty™system, your ENT physician will gently place a Sinus Guide Catheter and a flexible Sinus Guidewire through the nostrils to access the target sinus.

Step Two: A Sinus Balloon Catheter is then advanced over the Sinus Guidewire. The Sinus Balloon Catheter is positioned across the blocked sinus opening and gently inflated.

Step Three: The Balloon Sinuplasty™ system is removed, leaving an open sinus passageway and restoring normal sinus drainage and function.

Benefits/Advantages of Balloon Sinuplasty

SAFE - More than 150,000 patients have been treated safely with Balloon Sinuplasty. A key study conducted over two years confirms the safety and success of BSP for 85% of patients. *

PROVEN - A study of over 1000 patients treated with sinus balloon catheters showed that nearly 100% experienced improvement in their sinus problems. †

FAST - While recovery time varies with each patient, people can quickly return to normal activities thanks to minimal discomfort and virtually no bleeding.

For more information on Balloon Sinuplasty,
including options for having your procedure
performed in an outpatient or in-office setting,
call Topeka ENT at 785-233-0500.

† (Levine, et al. Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology 117(4): 263-270) Multi-center study of 1,036 patients who had Balloon Sinuplasty in which 95% of patients demonstrated that sinus symptoms improved in an average follow-up period of 9 months

* The international multi-center CLEAR study (Bulger, et al. Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 2007; 137:10-20) confirmed the safety and efficacy of this technology with symptom improvement for 85% of patients over a 2-year period without any serious adverse events.