ENT Surgeons at Children’s offer a minimally invasive technique for sinus surgery called Balloon SinuplastyTM. This procedure is for patients who have chronic sinusitis and medicine is not working well. ENT doctors use a small, flexible catheter that is directed through the nose into the sinus openings using a telescope for visualization. The balloon inflates to open the sinuses. With the sinuses opened, they can be properly ventilated and can drain better as well. Instead of traditional surgery, with the balloon, there is usually no cutting or removal of bone or tissue, so there is minimal bleeding and less pain.
Studies show that this procedure is safe and 80% of patients have improved sinus symptoms.*
This minimally invasive procedure means:
- Shorter hospital stays – most patients do not require an overnight stay.
- Quicker recovery – many patients return to their normal activities within a few days.
- Less pain – because there are no incisions or removal of bone and tissue, there is often less pain. There is also less bleeding.
- Sinusitis relief – most patients have reduced symptoms.
Your doctor will help decide if this procedure is right for your child. Find an ENT doctor.
*Ann Otol Rhino Laryngol. 2009;118(3):161-165; Amer J Rhino Allergy. 2010;24(1):e54-56