What is Balloon Sinuplasty?
Sinuplasty, using a balloon catheter, is a clinically proven, minimally invasive technology for treating chronic sinus inflammation. The Balloon Sinuplasty system by Acclarent uses a small catheter and balloon to quickly open and expand blocked sinuses.
What are Relieva Balloon Sinuplasty® devices?
Relieva Balloon Sinuplasty devices are FDA-cleared, catheter-based technologies specifically designed to navigate the tortuous sinus anatomy. The Relieva® Sinus Balloon system is used to open the blocked sinus ostium and, in many cases, without tissue or bone removal. Using the Relieva Sinus Balloon system, the blocked sinus ostium is gently dilated restoring normal sinus drainage and function.
What types of doctors use Relieva Balloon Sinuplasty devices?
Otolaryngologists are the specialty physicians qualified to use the Relieva Balloon Sinuplasty system of products. To locate an otolaryngologist who is trained in this procedure at White Plains Hospital, see this page.
Are the products currently available?
All products (Relieva® Sinus Access and Sinus Balloon products) are cleared by the FDA and available for human use.
What are the benefits of using Relieva Balloon Sinuplasty devices?
Safe and effective - While use of any surgical instrument involves some risk, studies demonstrate that the Relieva Balloon Sinuplasty system is safe and effective in relieving symptoms of sinusitis.
Minimally invasive - The technology uses small, soft, flexible devices introduced entirely through the nostrils. These devices gently open blocked sinuses.
Reduced bleeding - In many cases, no tissue or bone is removed during surgery using this technology. Because of this there may be reduced bleeding. As a result, the need for uncomfortable nasal packing after the surgery may also be eliminated.
Fast recovery time - While recovery time varies with each patient, some patients have been known to return to normal activities within 24 hours.
Does not limit treatment options - The Relieva Balloon Sinuplasty technology is an endoscopic tool and may be used with other medical therapies and/or surgical techniques. It does not limit future treatment options if a patient has progressive disease.
If you wish to view an illustration of a balloon sinuplasty, see this page.