Balloon Sinus Dilation
A Minimally Invasive Procedure Designed To Reverse The Cycle Of Chronic Or Recurrent Sinusitis
Balloon Sinus Dilation (also known as Balloon Sinuplasty) was introduced in 2005 and the concept comes from the field of interventional cardiology where tiny balloons have been used for years to gently dilate blocked arteries. With Balloon Sinus Dilation, the goal is to open blocked sinus passages to allow adequate ventilation and restore natural drainage.
If you are a chronic sinusitis sufferer, you will be pleased know that Balloon Sinus Dilation is conveniently performed at the St. Louis Sinus Center under local anesthesia, to reverse the symptoms of sinusitis with little to no downtime.
Nationally, Dr. Gould and the St. Louis Sinus Center pioneered the way for in-office Balloon Sinus Dilation. Balloon Sinus Dilation is performed under local anesthesia, and unlike conventional sinus surgery, BSD does not involve removal of bone or tissue. Instead, a tiny catheter is inserted into the nose and then into the opening of the narrowed or blocked sinus(es). On the end of the catheter is a balloon filled with saline. Once inside the sinus opening, the balloon is dilated (or inflated) for about 5-10 seconds.
By dilating the balloon, the sinus opening is enlarged or “remodeled” up to 6 fold its normal diameter, allowing for proper drainage and ventilation. The balloon is then deflated and removed. That’s it! Because there is no tissue or bone removal, bleeding is minimal and most patients go back to normal activities the next day.
Prior to 2005, traditional Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS) was the only option available when medications were not enough to treat the chronic sinusitis symptoms. FESS involves removing tissue and bone, can be painful, and recovery can take up to 4 weeks. Certainly, FESS has a high success rate, and in the past, it has been recognized as the gold standard for sinusitis treatment when medications are not enough.
In 2013, Dr. Gould and several other sinus experts from across the country were principal investigators in a pivotal study called REMODEL. REMODEL, published in the American Journal of Rhinology and Allergy, was the first randomized, multi-center clinical trial to compare traditional endoscopic sinus surgery to in-office balloon sinus dilation. REMODEL demonstrated in-office balloon sinus dilation to be as effective as traditional sinus surgery (FESS) at improving sinus symptoms long term, but with less post-operative pain and faster recovery time.
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