Balloon SinuplastyBalloon sinuplasty is the latest in advanced endoscopic sinus techniques to cure sinus disease. The basic principals of the surgery were borrowed from cardiology and balloon angioplasty where small balloons are used to alleviate heart vessel blockage during a heart attack. Balloon sinuplasty requires that a thin flexible guide wire be inserted into the sinus under fluoroscopic (x-ray) guidance. After the guide is in position, a specialized balloon designed for sinus enlargement is passed over the wire to the level of the sinus opening (ostium). The balloon is then inflated to a specified pressure to open the sinus without damaging the surrounding delicate mucus lining. The balloon and wire are removed and the procedure is complete. The frontal, sphenoid and maxillary sinus cavities are all accessible via balloon sinuplasty. The advantages of balloon sinuplasty include far less post-operative pain, minimal bleeding and the lack of significant nasal packing. Ohio Sinus Institute was the first clinical site in Ohio to successfully perform balloon sinuplasty. Ohio Sinus Institute is the only officially approved and trained site to offer the procedure in Central Ohio. Dr. Karanfilov is also a co-investigator in the CLEAR study along with 7 other rhinologists in the country to determine clinical efficacy and safety of the procedure. There are specific indications and degrees of disease that qualify for the balloon sinuplasty procedure. Options will be discussed at your office consultation. More information on balloon sinuplasty can be found at www.acclarent.com.
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