Sinuplasty Cures Sinusitis by Enlarging the Sinuses – Some Dangers But
Procedure is Done in United States Now
April 7th 2006
Simple outpatient surgery may help improve symptoms of sinusitis in
people with abnormal bone growth in the sinus cavity. The treatment has
only been available in the US since December, but it appears to work.
After the surgery the patients’ sinus openings become significantly
wider, allowing sufferers to breathe normally through their noses.
The procedure, called balloon sinuplasty, requires general anesthesia.
The doctors thread a guide wire catheter equipped with a tiny balloon
into the nostrils and up to the blockage. They then inflate the balloon
about a quarter inch. This is just enough to open the passageway. The
balloon is then deflated and withdrawn.
Ear nose and throat (ENT) surgeons are being trained in the procedure.
Newsdial.com reports that the procedure does have some risks. According
to Dr. Christopher Brown, a principal researcher at the Alfred Hospital
in Melbourne Australia, “Because the brain is in close proximity to the
sinuses, there is potentially a risk of injury. The frontal sinus in
particular can be challenging to many ENT surgeons and so any new
developments are always welcomed.”