Sinusitis is an inflammation of the paranasal sinuses, typically the result of bacterial or viral infection.
Endoscopic sinus surgery involves the use of endoscopes, (fine fibreoptic telescopes) and instruments to open the natural drainage pathways of the sinuses. Abnormal tissue is removed to allow adequate drainage. Once this is achieved the infected mucosa (lining) can return to normal.
The surgery is usually performed through the nostrils leaving no external scars. It is common to have a blocked nose for 1–2 weeks post–operatively but it is rare to have significant pain or swelling.
Balloon Sinuplasty™ is a new technology which allows opening of the sinus drainage pathways using a minimally invasive technique.
A guidewire is passed into the target sinus, then a balloon catheter is advanced over the guidewire.
The sinus balloon catheter is carefully positioned across the blocked sinus opening and gently inflated.
Catheter and guidewire are then removed, leaving an open sinus drainage pathway.
This technique is minimally invasive and in most cases does not require tissue or bone removal, Recovery and return to work is much quicker than with conventional surgery.