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Dr. Honrubia of American Sinus Institute explains why choosing balloon sinuplasty over traditional methods benefits the patient.
Dr. Honrubia: People often ask why is Balloon Sinuplasty better than a traditional sinus procedure that's been done for the last 40 years. The answer is very simple. With Balloon Sinuplasty, we are compressing tissue using balloons in the nose and not, let me repeat, removing tissue.The traditional sinus surgery, we're creating more space, not by compressing, but by removing tissue. By removing tissue, you end up getting bleeding, you end up having to use packing, you end up having to use a hospital to do the procedure or a surgical center. These things are quite inconvenient for the patient, to have to go to a hospital, have to go to a surgery center, to have to get packed.With Balloon Sinuplasty, since we're using a technique that uses compression and not tissue removal, there's no hospital, there's no surgery center, it's office-based, and patients do not get packed. By not getting packed, and not removing tissue, you also have a much more predictable healing phase.The healing phase is one that is predictable because there's less scar tissue formation, because of the lack of removal of tissue. Balloon Sinuplasty, predictable. Traditional sinus surgery, not as predictable, because people all heal at different phases, in different ways.