- Posted by American Sinus Institute
- On March 11, 2016
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Balloon Sinuplasty is a new procedure that is designed to treat sinusitis in people of all ages. It relieves the pain and pressure associated with chronic sinusits. This is an FDA-approved process that has been used safely since 2005 to provide relief to those who suffer from blocked sinuses, allowing them to breathe normally again.
While it is relatively new, this minimally invasive procedure is a good option for anyone who has not responded well to medical treatments, such as medications, in the past.
It is also a good option for those who have tried other treatments or procedures for sinusitis, but still continue to experience blocked sinuses. This includes children.
Balloon Sinuplasty works similarly to angioplasty where balloons are used to open blocked arteries. Balloon Sinuplasty uses a balloon – and other FDA-approved instruments – to open blocked sinuses.
Today, doctors view Balloon Sinuplasty as a good alternative to more invasive procedures. This is especially true for children. This is a safe, proven way to help rid patients of the symptoms of chronic sinusitis. Additionally, a Balloon Sinuplasty can relieve nasal breathing problems which are often worsened by sinusitis.
Many children do not respond well to antibiotics prescribed for their chronic sinus problems. This is where Balloon Sinuplasty can help.
Pediatric Balloon Sinuplasty for Rhinosinusitis
Balloon Sinuplasty can also be used to relieve pediatric rhinosinusitis. Pediatric sinusitis is quite common and children who suffer from it are sometimes treated with antibiotics. However, those antibiotics don’t always work, and when they do not, treatment can become more challenging. Balloon Sinuplasty can provide relief.
During the Balloon Sinuplasty procedure, the child’s sinus passages will be dilated. After the sinus passages have been dilated, the doctor will insert a wire catheter into the patient’s sinus cavity. Then, a small balloon will then be advanced over the wire. Once the balloon is in place it is then inflated. As the balloon inflates, it will open up the child’s sinus passages and help drain out any blockages. This will restore his or her normal sinus functions.
Another reason this procedure is recommended for children is because there is less scarring than with other, more invasive surgical options. There is also less post-operation pain and less bleeding than with traditional procedures. This is because the sinus tissue is widened, not removed. Children will be back to their normal activities in no time.
And because this procedure is a less invasive one compared to traditional sinus surgery, there is a very low complication rate which parents can appreciate.
American Sinus Institute
Those who would like more information on the procedure, especially as it relates to their children, should consult with the American Sinus Institute. We can help stop painful sinusitis in children and adults.