Balloon sinuplasty is one of the newest, least invasive alternatives to traditional sinus surgery to open blocked sinus passageways and restore normal sinus drainage; and it’s available now in Orlando as an in-office procedure at The Ear, Nose, Throat and Plastic Surgery Associates.
Sinusitis affects more than 37 million people each year, making it one of the most common health problems in the U.S. The breakthrough FDA-approved balloon sinuplasty procedure utilizes a small, flexible balloon to open and restructure nasal passageways which may alleviate sinus headaches, fatigue and congestion for affected individuals. The balloon catheter is gently inserted into the problem region and inflated, restricting and widening the walls of the sinus passageway without requiring the removal of bone and tissue, as was the case with previous sinus surgery techniques.
“By preserving the normal anatomy of the sinuses and mucosal tissue, we are able to perform the minimally invasive procedure in our Orlando area offices under local anesthesia in about 45 minutes in most circumstances,” says Hao “Mimi” Tran, M.D., F.A.C.S., of The Ear, Nose, Throat and Plastic Surgery Associates. “For patients, there is less discomfort, a faster recovery time and minimal bleeding involved with the balloon sinuplasty procedure. In fact, some patients report feeling relief after just several hours following the procedure.”
According to Acclarent, the official developer of the balloon sinuplasty procedure, more than 150,000 patients have undergone the procedure since its inception in 2005. Of those patients who’ve undergone the procedure, more than 95 percent of them say they would have it again if needed.