Dr. Frank Brettschneider: Balloon Sinuplasty

For over 20 years, Dr. Frank Brettschneider has been president of Port Huron Ear, Nose, and Throat, PC. As an otolaryngologist, Dr. Brett Schneider treats clients contending with allergies, dizziness, and sleep apnea, and he uses state-of-the-art technology such as Balloon Sinuplasty.

Provided by Acclarent, Inc., Balloon Sinuplasty serves as a groundbreaking therapy for chronic sinusitis patients. Individuals facing painful sinusitis who do not receive relief from medication may need to undergo surgery. However, the minimally invasive Balloon Sinuplasty functions as a less invasive way for doctors to provide treatment.

With this device, doctors do not need to cut or remove nasal bone or tissue. Instead, they use a balloon catheter to open blocked sinus passages. After the balloon enters the sinus opening, it expands, and the doctor sprays saline into the cavity. This flushes the mucus and makes drainage easier and more effective. Additionally, the balloon widens the sinus walls, which means that breathing remains easier following the removal of the equipment. Patients can normally return to their daily routines approximately two days after the procedure.

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