FAQ – Balloon Sinuplasty
What is the Balloon Sinuplasty system?
The Balloon Sinuplasty system is the name used for a group of medical devices that are used to create openings in your sinuses. The devices use a small flexible balloon that is placed into the nose to reach the sinuses. The balloon is gradually inflated to gently restructure the previously blocked nasal passage restoring normal sinus drainage.
What are the Balloon Sinuplasty Devices?
The Balloon Sinuplasty devices are FDA-cleared endoscopic catheter-based instruments specifically designed to be used in sinus surgery. The Sinus Balloon Catheter is gradually inflated to gently restructure the previously blocked sinus opening which restores normal sinus drainage without damaging the sinus.
Does surgery with the Balloon Sinuplasty technology work?
Clinical research has indicated that using Balloon Sinuplasty technology is safe and effective in dilating sinus openings.
How do sinus openings stay open after surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty technology?
Balloon Sinuplasty technology dilates sinus openings or Ostia by pushing aside bones which comprise the sinus Ostia. Moving bone remodels the sinus Ostia creating wider openings.
Are the Balloon Sinuplasty devices safe?
The Balloon Sinuplasty technology is minimally invasive and has been clinically demonstrated to be safe by leading Ear Nose and Throat doctors. Finally unlike other surgical methods used to clear blocked sinus openings Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology does not remove any bone or tissue and some patients return to normal activities quicker – within 24 hours without other co-morbid conditions.
What are the risks of surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty technology?
Your healthcare provider can best explain the potential risks of surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty technology. In all published clinical data no serious adverse events attributable to the Balloon Sinuplasty™ system have been reported.
Will I require general anesthesia for surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty technology?
Most patients undergo general anesthesia for sinus surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty technology but some patient have had the procedure under local anesthesia. ENT Specialty Care can best advise you on your anesthesia options.
How long does it take to recover from a typical surgery using the Balloon Sinuplasty system?
Because the system is minimally invasive it is typically used in an outpatient setting. While recovery time will vary from patient to patient many people can return to normal activities within 24 hours after surgery.
Does surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty devices limit my treatment options?
No. Balloon Sinuplasty devices are endoscopic tools used within conventional sinus surgery and may be used with other medical therapies. They do not limit future treatment options for patients.
Are Balloon Sinuplasty devices right for me?
If you suffer from sinusitis and medication alone has not been effective in relieving your symptoms you may be a candidate for surgery using the Balloon Sinuplasty devices.
Are Balloon Sinuplasty devices covered by Medicare?
Yes. Medicare covers endoscopic sinus surgery when any combination of tools including a balloon catheter is used to perform the procedure.
Are Balloon Sinuplasty devices covered by other insurance carriers?
Most insurance companies cover sinus surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty devices. To be certain of your coverage contact your insurance provider to find out your specific coverage policy.