Balloon Sinuplasty

If symptoms associated with chronic sinusitis are difficult to control with medications alone, your primary doctor may refer you to an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist, who can determine the best course of treatment, including further medication therapy or surgery to open the sinus passage ways.

At Memorial, there is now an additional surgical option for treatment of blocked sinuses called Balloon Sinuplasty™ Technology. This is a less invasive option that is clinically proven to be safe, effective and improve the quality of your life.

Balloon Sinuplasty™ Technology is an endoscopic, catheter-based system for patients suffering from sinusitis. The FDA-cleared technology uses a small, flexible, sinus balloon catheter to open up blocked sinus passageways, restoring normal sinus drainage. When the sinus balloon is inflated, it gently restructures and widens the walls of the passageway while maintaining the integrity of the sinus lining.

Doctors thread a guide wire equipped with a tiny balloon into the nostrils and up to the area of blockage.They then inflate the balloon just enough to open the passageway. Sinuses are opened in the same way that doctors open up blocked arteries during a balloon angioplasty.