ACCLARENT® Balloon Sinuplasty
What is chronic sinusitis?
Over 30 million Americans suffer from sinusitis.1 Sinuses are air-filled pockets behind the facial bones surrounding the nose. Each sinus has natural openings through which mucus drains. A sinus that can drain remains ventilated and is less prone to infection. Anything that obstructs that flow may cause a buildup of mucus in the sinuses, which may lead to infection and inflammation of the sinuses.
Sinusitis occurs when the linings of your nose, sinuses, and throat become inflamed, possibly from a pre-existing cold or allergies. Chronic sinusitis is when this inflammation and the symptoms it causes last three months or more.
What are the signs and symptoms of sinusitis?
If you are like many patients, you have misdiagnosed yourself as having allergies or a cold, when you actually have sinusitis. It’s important to see your primary care doctor or an Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) specialist to get a proper diagnosis.
Symptoms associated with sinusitis include1:
- Facial pain, pressure, congestion, or fullness
- Difficulty breathing through the nose
- Discharge of yellow or green mucus from the nose
- Dental pain
- Decreased sense of smell or taste
- Tenderness and swelling around the eyes, cheeks, nose, and forehead
A Simple Procedure for Lasting Relief
Typical treatment for sinusitis begins with medication. However, at least 20% of chronic sinusitis sufferers don’t get relief with medication. 2-4 For these patients, a surgical procedure may be recommended. Balloon Sinuplasty is now available as a procedure conducted in a doctor’s office under local anesthesia, allowing some patients to avoid the hassles of surgery in an operating room.
Unlike traditional sinus surgery, Balloon Sinuplasty requires no cutting and no removal of bone and tissue. The ACCLARENT® Balloon Sinuplasty System uses a small, flexible, balloon catheter to open up blocked sinus passageways to relieve pressure and pain in patients suffering from chronic sinusitis symptoms. After Balloon Sinuplasty, the sinuses remain open, allowing the return of normal sinus drainage and relief of sinus pressure.
- Safe, effective, minimally-invasive procedure; general anesthesia not required.5
- 96% of patients experience positive results.6
- 74% of patients chose Balloon Sinuplasty over medical management alone.7
- After in-office Balloon Sinuplasty, most patients return to work and normal activity within 2 days.5
Find Out if You Are a Candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty
If you have been diagnosed with chronic sinusitis and are not responding well to medication, or if you have recurrent acute rhinosinusitis, you may be a candidate for sinus surgery. To help start the conversation, download the Balloon Sinuplasty Symptom Survey. After you’ve completed this survey, schedule an appointment with one of our ENT specialists with Quincy Medical Group’s Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) department to discuss the results and your specific symptoms.