If you are one of the millions of Americans who suffer from sinus infections, you understand the negative impact recurrent sinus problems can have on your quality of life. Snoring, poor sleep, fatigue, and bad breath are among the many frustrating symptoms of unhealthy sinuses. To exacerbate the problem, some individuals do not respond to medication, leaving them perpetually at the mercy of the next sinus infection. Fortunately, balloon sinuplasty can offer relief when medications and other therapies, such as at-home nasal irrigation, have failed.
Fusion ENT Navigation System by Medtronic during Balloon Sinuplasty
Balloon sinuplasty is a FDA-approved, minimally-invasive treatment that can open the nasal passage ways and restore normal sinus function. An alternative to sinus surgery, balloon sinuplasty does not require any incisions or the removal of tissue. Dr. Furze’s office is the only office in Southern California that performs balloon sinuplasty using the Medtronic in-office image guidance system, Fusion ENT Navigation. This exclusive imaging system improves procedure accuracy and efficiency during the balloon setup of a balloon sinuplasty. Balloon setup is performed using a multi-sinus dilation system by Entellus Medical or Acclarent.
Dr. Alexis D. Furze, a California double board-certified plastic surgeon, recommends balloon sinuplasty to individuals who suffer from chronic and recurrent sinus infections. The procedure cannot be used to treat obstructions caused by anatomical abnormalities such as nasal polyps or enlarged turbinates. However, it is an excellent non-surgical alternative to sinus surgery.
A balloon sinuplasty is a straight-forward procedure and does not require a hospital stay. Before the procedure, Dr. Furze will administer a local anesthesia for the patient’s comfort. Combined with the Fusion ENT Navigation system, the XprESS Multi-Sinus Dilation System by Entellus Medical or the Relieva Scout Multi-Sinus Dilation System is used to access the sinuses. A thin catheter with a balloon attached to the end is inserted into the inflamed nasal passage. The balloon is slowly filled with air to gently expand the nasal passages. Next, a saline solution is introduced to unblock the airways and prompt sinus drainage. The balloon catheter is then removed.
XprESS Multi-Sinus Dilation System for Balloon Sinuplasty by Entellus Medical
Immediately following a balloon sinuplasty procedure, it is common for patients to experience light bleeding. Patients should avoid driving and eating/drinking until the effects of the local anesthesia completely wear off. Patients can expect to be back to their regular routines within about 48 hours.
Because the nasal lining is not damaged during the procedure, complications are extremely rare. Other benefits of balloon sinuplasty include:
Dr. Alexis D. Furze regularly treats patients with acute and chronic sinus problems. Recognized for his innovative non-surgical approaches, as well as his advanced surgical techniques, Dr. Alexis D. Furze has been helping his Newport Beach patients breathe easier since he opened his practice. With the introduction of the Medtronic Fusion ENT Navigation system, Dr. Furze is able to perform sinus procedure with great precision increasing patient safety and satisfaction. If you would like to know if balloon sinuplasty is an appropriate treatment for you sinus problems, contact his Orange County office to schedule a consultation.