What is Balloon Sinuplasty?

Balloon Sinuplasty ™ is a proprietary surgical procedure of Acclarent Inc used in the treatment of chronic sinusitis. The procedure (in layman’s terms) involves inserting a flexible catheter (small rubber like tube) via the nostrils up into the narrowed or blocked openings of the sinuses. There the balloon is slowly inflated to enlarge the narrowed or blocked sinus passageways and then withdrawn. The enlarged sinus passages should now allow the blocked sinuses to drain.

Balloon Sinuplasty ™ is seen as an alternative to functional endoscopic sinus surgery, which is the surgical procedure currently endured by 350,000 Americans each year, here surgical instruments are used to cut away and remove bone and tissues to enlarge the sinus passageways.

It’s said that a picture is worth a thousand words so a video must be worth more, watch this short video explaining the procedure:

Ballon Sinuplasty Video

While Balloon Sinuplasty ™ is certainly less invasive than functional endoscopic sinus surgery, the procedure is relatively new and the long term benefits and disadvantages cannot yet be fully appreciated.

For some it may well be the answer to their problem, but I personally would look at less drastic solutions first.  I had good results with sinusdoctor it may be a bit more inconvenient to use than a spray, but if it works for you, it is probably less inconvenient than balloon sinuplasty.

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  1. LBH’s avatar

    Great info. Thanks again for posting. Yes totally agree as w/ anything talk to your doc and don’t jump the gun! Balloon Sinuplasty (or any surgery) no exception!
    Yes. Thanks again for your very sound and caring advice.

  2. B.Star’s avatar

    Totally agree — you HAVE TO look at less drastic solutions first. Develop good habits with keeping nasal passages clean. I swear by my neti pot and recommend it to everyone.

    I too have heard good things about balloon sinuplasty. From what I have heard it is less invasive and recovery is easier, vs traditional sinus surgery.

    Don’t mean to sound like a broken record but look into rinses, neti, pot, etc. These things are where you should start and will provide both short and long term benefits.


  3. admin’s avatar

    Thanks B,
    The neti pot certainly can help, particularly if you add a small amount of salt. And if sinus surgery becomes a last resort then balloon sinuplasty is worth a look. it’s certainly less invasive than traditional sinus surgery. That said, for some people the last resort comes a lot sooner than it really should, some of the “natural remedies” for recurring sinus infections can be marvelously effective for some, they are a lot cheaper and much less painful. Take a look at our sinus infection discovery review, it is certainly worth a try before you go down the surgery route.

  4. B.Star’s avatar

    Always great to have more info. Thanks for the link. Balloon sinuplasty came up in coversation at work the other day, of all places.

    I of course had to chime in w/ a reco of the neti pot which people who know me are sick of hearing, ha ha.

    Ok thanks again and take care.

  5. ella’s avatar

    i think if you’re a person looking for natural or less invasive treatments then the above are the right paths:

    the rinses can be amazingly effective. and if you end up looking at surgery option it seems that balloon sinuplasty is less invasive of the options.

  6. ashley’s avatar

    Oh how cute…. that video must be company affiliated? I noticed little trade marked dealies when mentioning the procedure by name. Any way, I’m gonna try and get to the point. I thought I had a deviated septum, but I thought I had a nasty sinus infection to boot. After a CT scan the dr realized I must have had a really bad infection once upon a time and scar tissue had built up along the way. But before I had the CT scan he put me on antibiotics to make sure he could see in the sinuses and told me to use the sinus rinse thing. Its kinda like the netti pot, just more power lol so I wanted to mention it because I see quite a few are saying how pro they are for these methods first. I had seen them on tv when I had lost my insurance but they said don’t do it if you have an infection without speaking with a doctor. But when my doctor told me to use it … OMG I used it like 3 sometimes 4 times a day! It was such a great feeling cus I always felt so contested n I used affrin (avoid at all costs). Those netti pots n friends are great. Anyway … my dr tells me he wants to do the balloon sinusplastly thing on me, gives me the pamphlet, tells me a nurse will call an schedule an IN OFFICE procedure and sent me on my way. I shared the pamphlet with every other knowledgeable adult I know because I am have dumbed down quite a bit since taking a break from college due to health reasons. Its all still there just sometimes I need things explained to me in a way that is easier for me. So idk if anyone has seen it or not but it is VAGUE. I’ve had many procedures done because I also have a bad back.
    *printed on nice paper
    *font changes
    *never says how its done
    *doesn’t describe how you will feel after
    *that testimonial from the pros? Yea, there is only ONE and it is vague as f$%k.
    *doesn’t accurately describe procedure

    I just had it done 24 hours ago. The pamphlet seemed like, for lack of better reference, like a nose tampon. They were gonna stick this thing up your nose, I don’t recall if they then pull it out or not, then u wait an hour while your face drains, and then maybe they pull it out? So I was wondering how this would fix my problem lol cus if they were just draining it wont it just come back? N how long does it last? N testimonial dude? How long did it make your life that much more AMAZING?!

    SO here’s what will happen once the STOP telling you step by step what they’re doing. They are going to break the bones in you’re face. You hear it. You feel it. They numb you n give you valium but I left I a physical shock, shaking in pain. THAT is why the pamphlet is so vague. If they say “oh, by the way, we will be breaking your face bones today”, would you still do it? And, they continue to break throughout the day. It is fun… not. Avoid at all costs. I have a HIGH pain tolerance n this hurt so freaking bad. Do not do it. Try something else before.

  7. admin’s avatar

    Thanks for your comments Ashley.
    If the balloon Sinuplasty post encouraged you in anyway you to have the procedure be assured that was not the intention nor is there any affiliation whatsoever with the procedure or companies that perform it. The post is there because it is, like it or not, a popular procedure and many people are looking for more information on balloon sinuplasty, I like you would encourage sinus sufferers to at least try natural sinus remedies that do not include surgery. I hope your recovery is fast and permanent.

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