Balloon Sinuplasty

In 2005, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved of balloon sinuplasty to help those with blocked sinuses. Today, it’s a popular option for surgeons to offer and patients to select. In fact, its effectiveness and unique process earned it the title of the “smart sinus” procedure.

Our office offers balloon sinuplasty in NYC as an option for patients who have conditions like chronic sinusitis. Before you undergo a balloon sinuplasty procedure, you more than likely want to know more about it. Thus, we compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions we hear from our patients.

Balloon Sinuplasty Technology

Balloon Sinuplasty technology contributes to the sinus surgery evolution by offering a surgeon additional tools for endoscopic surgery. The RELIEVA® Balloon Sinuplasty products are catheter-based devices designed to assist Otolaryngologists in further meeting their surgical goals of clearing blocked sinuses, restoring normal sinus drainage and function, and preserving normal anatomy and mucosal tissue.

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The Balloon Sinuplasty System creates a durable opening and assists Otolaryngologists in achieving the goals of sinus surgery.

The following diagram outlines the Balloon Sinuplasty procedure:

Balloon Sinuplasty Benefits:

  • The Balloon Sinuplasty devices are endoscopic tools that may be used with other medical therapies or ESS techniques. Using these devices should not limit future treatment options for patients with progressive disease.
  • Balloon Sinuplasty is also available as a procedure conducted in the physician’s office under local anesthesia, allowing some patients to avoid the hassles of surgery in an operating room.

Pediatric Balloon Sinuplasty

Pediatric rhinosinusitis is common but sometimes overlooked. Pediatric patients are often subject to other disease entities which may have a significant overlap with symptoms associated with pediatric Chronic Rhinosinusitis (CRS).

Symptom overlap examples include:

  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Recurrent viral URI
  • Chronic adenoiditis
  • ET dysfunction

Currently there is a lack of evidence for antibiotic efficacy in chronic sinusitis. Adenoidectomy failure rate is 40-60% when used as a sole Chronic Rhinosinusitis (CRS) surgical treatment.

The result is a considerable loss of school time and accumulation of medical expenses, affecting children and their parents.

Balloon Sinuplasty, Safe and Effective for Children Suffering from Chronic Sinusitis

Adenoidectomy with Balloon Sinuplasty and lavage of the maxillary sinus may be an appropriate surgical therapy for children deemed to have failed medical treatment.

Multiple studies have demonstrated long-term success of 80-87% with adenoidectomy or after failed adenoidectomy.

In one study, a higher percentage of children’s SN-5 sinonasal symptoms were improved at 12 months, in the Balloon Sinuplasty and adenoidectomy group (80%) compared to the group that underwent adenoidectomy alone (53%).

*Patients were not randomized between the Balloon Sinuplasty and adenoidectomy group and the adenoidectomy alone group. Therefore, the results may be due to different patient characteristics rather than the procedure performed.

Acclarent’s Balloon Sinuplasty Systems (RELIEVA® SPIN, ULTIRRA®, and SOLO PRO™) are indicated for children aged 17 and under and are intended to dilate sinus ostia and spaces associated with the maxillary sinus for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.

Balloon Sinuplasty is an Effective Option After Failed Adenoidectomy
In a tertiary care, university-affiliated pediatric institution, a side-by-side post-operative comparison of patients who underwent Balloon Sinuplasty with ethmoidectomy or ESS after failed adenoidectomy was conducted. Although the difference was not statistically significant, 62.3% of ESS patients and 80% of Balloon Sinuplasty patients reported improvement in their overall sinus symptoms post-operatively.
**Patients were not randomized between the Balloon Sinuplasty and ESS group. Therefore, the results may be due to different patient characteristics rather than the procedure performed.

Airway Stenosis

Airway stenosis is a congenital or acquired narrowing that obstructs the passage of air to the lungs. Symptoms include stridor, wheezing, hoarseness, shortness of breath and respiratory distress. Patients who have severe airway stenosis are often dependent on a tracheotomy tube to breathe.

The most common cause of acquired airway stenosis is endotracheal intubation, resulting in 90% of cases. Other causes include external trauma, thermal or caustic injuries, chronic inflammatory diseases, infection, and cancer.

Treatment Options
Treatment options range from endoscopic techniques to open surgical procedures. Open surgical procedures involve either increasing the diameter of the stenosed segment with a graft or stent (expansion surgery) or removal of the stenotic area (resection surgery).

Endoscopic techniques may involve the use of instruments to incise and dilate the stenosis. Traditional methods of airway dilation have involved rigid bougies that can impart shear forces and mucosal injury. The recent development of balloon technology for airway dilation enables controlled radial pressure to be applied at the site of stenosis.

INSPIRA AIR® Balloon Dilation System: A minimally invasive solution for airway management.

The INSPIRA AIR® Technology is designed to safely dilate airway strictures such as in the trachea and upper bronchi with minimal mucosal trauma. These devices are endoscopic tools and may be used with other endoscopic techniques or adjuvant therapies.

Unlike traditional rigid dilators, the INSPIRA AIR® Technology applies controlled radial pressure to a stricture through precise inflation and pressure regulation.

The low profile system and soft seeker tip provide atraumatic access.


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