Balloon Sinuplasty is an endoscopic, catheter-based procedure that helps treat patients suffering from sinusitis. It uses a small, flexible balloon catheter to enlarge sinus passageways. When the balloon is inflated, it restructures and widens the walls of the sinus passageway, with the goal of restoring normal sinus drainage without damaging the sinus lining.
Balloon Sinuplasty was FDA approved in 2006 and has established itself as a reliable technique with safety and effectiveness rates similar to Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS).
Candidates for this procedure typically have:
- recurrent sinus infections
- facial pain
- facial pressure
- sinus headaches
- failed relief though medical management
(Patients with polyps, neoplasms or fungal disease may not be good candidates for Balloon Sinuplasty.)
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This procedure is routinely performed at our office with minimal downtime. Read a news article from the Flint Journal about Drs. Marchetta and Reschak and the Balloon Sinuplasty procedure.
The benefits of In-Office Balloon Sinuplasty include:
- Short procedure time (typically in and out of the office in under 2 hours – significantly less time than if it was performed in an operating room.
- No general anesthesia needed! Not only does this allow you to eat and drink as you normally would, you have a lower risk of complications as there is no intubation. You are numbed with a local anesthetic spray prior to the procedure.
- Comfortable, familiar environment.
- Shorter recovery time – you may be back to your normal activities in as little as 2 days.
- No cutting. No removal of bone or tissue.
To learn more about Balloon Sinuplasty, please call (810) 694-0600 for an appointment.