The St. Joseph Hospital Nasal & Sinus Center has introduced a new,
outpatient procedure called Balloon Sinuplasty to open blocked sinuses.
Safely, gently and effectively, Balloon Sinuplasty ushers in immediate
relief for chronic sinusitis sufferers who have not responded well to
medications and are hesitant to undergo major surgery. While recovery
time varies with each Sinuplasty patient, many return to normal activities
within 24 hours.
Previously, thousands of people have been frustrated with ineffective drug
therapy but opt not to undergo a major nasal and sinus surgery that would
involve pain, bleeding, general anesthesia and a lengthy recovery. Balloon
Sinuplasty offers a new, minimally invasive solution.
Balloon Sinuplasty borrows from a heart procedure known as balloon angioplasty,
which has been used successfully for several decades to opened blocked
arteries. It is performed using small, soft and flexible devices that
open blocked sinuses, in many cases without tissue, mucosal or bone removal.
As a result, the need for uncomfortable nasal packing is also eliminated.
How It Works
The Nasal & Sinus Center surgeon carefully threads a flexible sinus
guidewire through the nostrils to access the targeted sinus. A sinus balloon
catheter is advanced over the sinus guidewire. It is gently inflated,
then removed, leaving open passageways and restoring normal drainage and function.
Most insurance plans now cover Sinuplasty procedures. For more information
about Balloon Sinuplasty please call the St. Joseph Hospital Nasal &
Sinus Center at 1-800-973-NOSE (6673) or 714-744-8758. To view a Balloon
Sinuplasty presentation by
Robert del Junco, M.D., please