Chronis Sinusitis Treatment Options

Balloon Sinuplasty

Chronic Sinusitis Treatment Options

If you appear to suffer from chronic sinusitis, your primary care doctor is likely to refer you to an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist (ENT doctor). Your ENT doctor will determine the best sinusitis treatment plan for you. Typical treatment begins with medication, which may include:

  • Decongestants
  • Nasal steroids – Antibiotics – Mucus thinning drugs – decongestants
  • Oral steroids

Treatment may also include natural remedies, including Neti Pot, Sinus Rinse™ Nasal Wash, and Waterpik� SinuSense™ products.

However, healthcare professionals often find it difficult to treat the majority of chronic sinusitis sufferers with medication. It is estimated that up to 60% of sinusitis sufferers do not get relief with medication (1).

Sinus Surgery for Chronic Sinusitis Treatment

Balloon Sinuplasty – a breakthrough procedure
Today, there is a breakthrough procedure used by ENT doctors to treat chronic sinusitis. Balloon Sinuplasty uses a small, flexible balloon catheter to open inflamed sinuses. The balloon catheter is placed into the nose to reach the inflamed sinuses, and gradually inflated to restructure the previously blocked nasal passage.

Unlike conventional sinus surgery, Balloon Sinuplasty preserves the normal anatomy of the sinuses and mucosal tissue, and does not require the removal of bone and tissue. Clinical studies have shown that the procedure is safe and effective (2,3). For some patients, the Balloon Sinuplasty procedure is now conducted in the doctor’s office, under local anesthesia.

Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS)

Previously, the only surgical option for clearing blocked sinuses was known as functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS), which removes bone and tissue from the nose to enlarge the sinus opening. This removal of bone and tissue can require uncomfortable nasal packing after surgery and lead to post-surgery pain and scarring.

Since 2005, more than 150,000 patients have been treated safely with Balloon Sinuplasty.

Conventional sinus surgery no longer has to be the only option for chronic sinusitis patients who are not responding well to medications. Balloon Sinuplasty is a safe, clinically proven and minimally invasive procedure that opens sinus passages and helps to relieve the pain and pressure associated with chronic sinusitis.


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  2. Weiss, et al. “Long-term outcome analysis of balloon catheter sinusotomy: Two-year follow-up.” Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 2008, Vol. 139, pp. S38-S46.
  3. Levine, et al. Multicenter Registry of Balloon Catheter Sinusotomy Outcomes for 1,036 Patients, Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology, 2008, Vol. 117, pp. 263-270.

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Medical Therapy

Sinusitis is typically treated first with medication. Treatment with antibiotics or topical nasal steroid sprays is often successful in reducing mucosal swelling, fighting infection, and relieving obstructions of the sinus opening (ostium). Inhaling steam or use of saline nasal sprays or drops can also help relieve sinus discomfort.

However, at least 20% of patients do not respond adequately to medications.

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Conventional Sinus Surgery

Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (ESS)

The goals of sinus surgery are to clear blocked sinuses restoring normal sinus drainage and to preserve normal anatomy and mucosal tissue. Conventional sinus surgery is called Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (ESS).

With ESS, specialized instruments are placed into the nose along with a small endoscope to help the surgeon see inside the nose and nasal cavities. The procedure works by removing bone and tissue to enlarge the sinus opening.

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Balloon Sinuplasty Technology

Novel Minimally Invasive Devices

Since 2005, the Balloon Sinuplasty technology has emerged as a new complement to existing approaches.

This technology utilizes a small, flexible, sinus balloon catheter that is placed into the nose to reach the sinuses. The sinus balloon catheter is gradually inflated to gently restructure the previously blocked nasal passage, maintaining the integrity of the sinus lining and restoring normal sinus drainage and function. There is minimal bleeding, and many patients have been able to return to normal activities within 24 hours.

Clinical research has indicated that the Balloon Sinuplasty system is a safe and effective tool in dilating blocked sinuses.

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