I have covered the media accounts of balloon sinuplasty several times before. As more markets and communities become aware of this popular sinus procedure, local news packages inevitably follow about how effective the approach can be.
This latest one is especially good because it offers a clear explanation of the process itself:
The guided wires take the balloon into the nasal system and the balloon system is expanded to put pressure on the tissue. Then the system is removed, improving the quality of life from patients suffering sinus issues, such as a narrow nasal passage.
That pressure is the key to the entire procedure: as the balloon inflates, it presses on the walls of the sinus opening, creating a pathway for mucus to drain. The principal advantage to this approach is its minimally invasive design:
“We are going to take that natural opening, albeit narrow for the patient, and make it wider, we dilate it to a substantial size,” said James K. Dziadziola, Jr., MD with NorthEast Ear, Nose & Throat Center, P.A. in Kannapolis. “We haven’t had to cut anything, out, we haven’t torn any tissue, we’re not creating scarring.”
Balloon sinuplasty in Los Angeles has become a major industry, fueled in part by the pioneering work we have done at the Los Angeles Sinus Institute. If you want lasting relief from sinus pain and pressure, contact us today.