Balloon Sinus Dilation

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What is Balloon Sinus Dilation?

Balloon Sinus Dilation (also known as Balloon Sinuplasty) is a proven, simple sinus procedure designed to open blocked sinus passages, allowing for adequate airflow and drainage. The goal of balloon sinus dilation (BSD) is to end the cycle of sinusitis (sinus infections) once and for all. The procedure is pretty straightforward and Dr. Gould performs it in our offices as an outpatient procedure.

  • STEP 1 – Local and topical anesthesia is used to numb the sinus area.
  • STEP 2 – A tiny catheter is inserted into the nose and then into the opening (ostium) of the narrowed or blocked sinus passage.
  •  STEP 3 – 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.
  • STEP 4 – The balloon and catheter is removed

The beauty of balloon sinus dilation is that the inflated balloon gently opens and reshapes the sinus passage without requiring tissue or bone removal. In addition, there is little to no downtime as most patients return to normal activities within a day or two!

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What is Sinusitis?

Sinusitis is defined as an inflammation of the tissue that lines the sinus cavity. Sinusitis is very common – around 35 million Americans have at least one sinus infection a year. In some cases, the swelling (inflammation) completely blocks the sinuses, trapping mucus and air inside. The trapped mucus can turn into a bacterial sinus infections and result in a variety of symptoms.

common sinusitis symptoms

Symptoms of recurrent and/or chronic sinusitis include the following:

  • Thick, discolored discharge from the nose or postnasal drainage down the back of the
    throat
  • Nasal obstruction or congestion, making breathing through the nose very difficult
  •  Pain, tenderness, and/or swelling around the eyes, cheeks, nose or forehead
  •  Reduced sense of smell and taste
  •  Ear pain
  •  Aching in the upper jaw and teeth
  •  Couth that worsens at night
  • Bad breath
  •  Fatigue
  •  Irritability

Dr. Gould uses balloon sinus dilation for recurrent and/or chronic sinusitis sufferers.

What are the benefits of balloon sinus dilation?

Prior to 2005, traditional Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS) was the only option available when medications were not enough to treat chronic sinusitis (sinus infections.) FESS involves removing tissue and bone, is performed under general anesthesia in a surgery center or hospital, and recovery can be painful – taking up to 4 weeks.

In 2005, Balloon Sinus Dilation was FDA approved and came from the field of interventional cardiology, where tiny balloons have been used for years to gently dilate blocked arteries. The goal of Balloon Sinus Dilation is similar – to open blocked sinus passages to allow for adequate ventilation and restore natural drainage. In contrast to traditional sinus surgery, balloon sinus dilation is performed in the office, with local anesthesia, and with little to no downtime.

What will my recovery be like?

Since balloon sinus dilation does not require bone or tissue removal, there is very little trauma to the nasal area. This makes for minimal recovery time. Most patients return to work and normal activities within a day or two.

How Effective is Balloon Sinus Dilation?

In many well designed clinical studies, Balloon Sinus Dilation was shown to have a 94% success rate. This means we anticipate you will only need the procedure once.

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.

A National Center of Excellence

Since 2010, Dr. Gould has performed thousands of balloon sinus dilation procedures and is known by his peers as a pioneer. Regularly, ENT surgeons travel across the county to the St. Louis Sinus Center to observe and learn his techniques balloon sinus dilation, as well as other cutting-edge, office based procedures. As a result of his extensive training initiatives, he is recognized as a National Center of Excellence.

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If you are interested on learning more about Balloon Sinus Dilation with Dr. Gould, contact our office at (314) 473-5433 to schedule a consultation today.

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