Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that does not require cutting or the loss of tissue or bone. Since its approval in 2005 by the United States Food and Drug Administration, the straightforward procedure has become the surgery of choice for chronic sinusitis. Dr. Bradford Ress is a leading practitioner of the advanced procedure. If you have suffered from recurring bouts of sinusitis, balloon sinuplasty can deliver long-term relief from your symptoms.
Due to its minimally invasive nature, one question we often field at our Boca Raton, FL medical practice is, “How effective is balloon sinuplasty?”
Medical Studies on Balloon Sinuplasty
Although balloon sinuplasty is a relatively new treatment option for individuals suffering from chronic sinusitis prominent medical groups have published reports on the effectiveness of this minimally invasive surgery. The consensus? Balloon Sinuplasty is a safe and effective treatment for sinusitis.
A 2017 study published by the National Institutes of Health found that, of 30 children who were treated for sinusitis using balloon sinuplasty, 94 percent of patients reported improved sinus-related quality of life scores. Computer tomography and endoscopic findings also verified those results.
A 2015 study of 15 patients (41 sinuses) found that balloon sinuplasty effectively opened sinuses while preserving natural tissue. Patients who underwent balloon sinuplasty experienced “significant improvement” after surgery, the report said.
A 2013 study concluded that balloon sinuplasty represents an “exciting era in rhinology.” The overall consensus, the report said, is that balloon sinuplasty has evolved as an effective treatment for blocked sinuses.
How Does Balloon Sinuplasty Work?
Balloon sinuplasty allows Dr. Ress to guide a thin wire with a balloon attached at one end to areas of inflammation within your sinuses. Your treatment will begin with the application of a local anesthetic. Then, the balloon will be carefully guided toward the sinus cavity that has become narrow due to sinusitis. Dr. Ress will carefully inflate the balloon, which will restore normal drainage to the problematic sinus area.
The benefits of balloon sinuplasty are often experienced very quickly. Unlike surgery, balloon sinuplasty does not require the removal of bone or tissue. More than 95 percent of patients who undergo balloon sinuplasty report improvements in their sinus function.
Patients who undergo this treatment at our Boca Raton office can benefit from:
- Reduced pain
- Relief from sinusitis symptoms
- Fast recovery times
- Bone and tissues remaining intact
- Minimal bleeding
- No side effects
- Long-term results
- Lower risk of bleeding
- No removal of sinus tissues, mucous membranes, nasal bones, or sinus cartilage
- Fewer required post-operative appointments
Schedule Your Balloon Sinuplasty Treatment Today
You do not have to live with the symptoms of chronic sinusitis. Many individuals with the chronic condition are good candidates for balloon sinuplasty. Our office will help you coordinate insurance payment if your health insurance plan covers this restorative treatment.
If you are suffering from chronic sinusitis, Dr. Ress offers multiple effective treatment options, including balloon sinuplasty. To schedule an appointment, please contact our office online today or call us at (561) 353-7377. We look forward to serving your health-related need.