The Benefits of Balloon Sinuplasty


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Balloon Sinuplasty

A Michigan-based otolaryngologist, Dr. Frank Brettschneider treats patients at Port Huron Ear, Nose, and Throat, PC. Dr. Frank Brettschneider specializes in orofacial plastic surgery, laryngoscopy, and balloon sinuplasty.

An endoscopic, catheter-based system, balloon sinuplasty offers relief from sinus pain. The technology, which takes an average of 73 minutes to administer, allows otolaryngologists to open up blocked sinus passageways without cutting the nasal bone or any tissue. As a result, patients experience less bleeding and minimal pain following a procedure. In addition, they typically have quicker recovery times, returning to regular activity within two days.

The technology has been used to treat more than 380,000 patients to date. Most patients who undergo a balloon sinuplasty enjoy long-term relief. In fact, the Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology reported that 95 percent of 1,036 patients observed in a clinical study of balloon sinuplasty outcomes continued to experience symptom relief of sinus pain following nine months of treatment. Another study, published in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, found that a majority of patients maintained an improved quality of life and symptom relief after two years.


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.