Sinuplasty is a new technique in sinus surgery. Instead of using endoscopic instruments such as microdebriders and forceps, surgeons use balloons to dilate the sinus openings. This technique is similar to angioplasty, the use of balloons to open blocked blood vessels.
The goals of sinuplasty are similar to those in traditional sinus surgery. We use sinuplasty to treat recurrent and chronic sinusitis that is not improved with adequate medical therapy.
The benefits of sinuplasty are that there is less trauma to the surrounding tissue and the natural sinus openings are preserved. Recovery may also be faster than conventional sinus surgery and can often times be done in an outpatient setting or even in the office. Not all patients are candidates for this type of sinus surgery. Our physicians will discuss with you whether or not you are a candidate for treatment using balloon sinuplasty.