According to Dr Shalabh Sharma, senior consultant, ENT, SGRH. “The usual treatment procedure of treating acute or chronic sinusitis is to open the nasal tract in order to reach the blockage and then remove the mucus. It is a painful procedure, and in the course of reaching the spot, some bones may break, leading to a longer recovery time,”
With balloon sinuplasty, these blockages can be cleared without surgery and the patient can go home the same day.
In balloon sinuplasty, a wire catheter is introduced through the nostril and guided to the blockage. The catheter has a balloon in the front. “Once we reach the blockage site, we inflate the balloon for a short duration. And once the blockage is cleared, we deflate it and pull out the catheter. One five balloon to six blockage sites,” said Dr Howard Levine, director, Nasal and Sinus Centre, Cleveland, US and president of American Society of Rhinology.