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 There the balloon is slowly inflated to enlarge the narrowed or blocked sinus passageways and then withdrawn.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.