Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology extends the sinus surgery evolution by offering the surgeon additional tools for endoscopic surgery. The Relieva Balloon Sinuplasty™ products are catheter-based devices designed to assist otolaryngologists in further meeting their surgical goals of clearing blocked sinuses, restoring normal sinus drainage and function, and preserving normal anatomy and mucosal tissue. Dr Sigari determines when it is appropriate to use the Balloon Sinuplasty™ system. The Balloon Sinuplasty™ system creates a durable opening and assists otolaryngologists to achieve the goals of sinus surgery. Post-procedure, the size of the dilated opening is approximately that of the nominal diameter of the selected Sinus Balloon Catheter (from 3.5mm to 7mm).
Applications: The Balloon Sinuplasty™ devices are effective endoscopic tools and may be used with other medical therapies or FESS techniques. When applied in the same patient, the Balloon Sinuplasty™ products can be used on several sinuses. Additionally, using these devices should not limit future treatment options for patients with progressive disease. Each patient suffering from sinusitis is different. Only after thorough examinations and discussions between the patient and a qualified otolaryngologist can it be determined whether a patient may benefit from the Balloon Sinuplasty™ system.
Advances: The Balloon Sinuplasty technology offers several advantages to the traditional FESS approach. Although it is often done in conjunction to traditional endoscopic sinus surgery often it can be used as a first step procedure before making permanent changes in the sinus anatomy. This aspect makes this technology very useful in clinical situations and especially in Pediatric cases. More recently, Dr Sigari has been able to offer this intervention to select patients as an in-office procedure which can avoid the need for general anesthesia.