Physicians at St. Mary are able
to offer an innovative new option to patients suffering from
chronic sinusitis — Balloon Sinuplasty™.
Sinus infections (sinusitis) are one of the most common chronic
health problems in the United States, with approximately 14 percent
of adult Americans suffering from at least one episode of acute
sinusitis each year. While many people with sinusitis realize
relief through the use of medical therapies such as antibiotics and
topical nasal steroids, surgery is sometimes recommended if these
therapies provide a patient with little or no relief.
recently, traditional surgery for sinusitis, while endoscopic in nature, sometimes requires the
removal of bone and tissue in order to open up
blocked sinus passageways. In the top 10 percent nationwide in
volume and positive patient outcomes for this procedure, specially trained
St. Mary physicians who perform this procedure offer patients
experience and compassionate care.
More Information About Balloon Sinuplasty™
Balloon Sinuplasty™ is a minimally invasive technology
that uses a balloon catheter to quickly open and expand blocked
sinuses. Because this option is less invasive than traditional sinus
surgical options, patient discomfort is reduced and recovery times are
During a Balloon Sinuplasty™
a physician places a small, flexible sinus balloon catheter
into the nose to reach the sinuses.
The sinus balloon catheter is gradually inflated to gently
restructure the previously blocked nasal passage, restoring normal sinus drainage
and function. The minimally invasive nature of this procedure reduces
pain and bleeding, allowing many patients to return to normal activities
Preventing the reoccurrence of chronic sinusitis can also significantly
contribute to a patient's overall quality of life.