To treat chronic sinusitis, Texas Health Arlington Memorial
Hospital is pleased to inform offer new form of minimally
invasive sinus surgery - the Relieva Balloon
SinuplastyTM system - is now performed on site.
What is chronic sinusitis?
Chronic sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinus lining lasting
three months or more, and is one of the most commonly diagnosed
chronic illnesses. It is most commonly caused by bacterial, viral
and/or microbial infections. Structural issues, such as blockage
of the sinus opening, can also lead to chronic sinusitis. If the
opening is closed, normal mucus drainage may not occur. This
condition may lead to infection and inflammation of the sinuses.
Common signs and symptoms of chronic sinusitis include:
- Facial pain and pressure
- Nasal congestion or fullness
- Difficulty breathing through the nose
- Discharge of yellow or green mucus from the nose
- Teeth pain
- Loss of the sense of smell or taste
- Sore throat
- Bad breath
What are my treatment options for chronic
Until recently, treatment for chronic sinusitis has been limited
to medical therapy or conventional surgery, including Functional
Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS). Medical therapy, such as
antibiotics or topical nasal steroids, is often successful at
reducing mucosal swelling and relieving ostial obstructions.
However, for 20 to 25 percent of patients, medical therapy is not
adequate, and sinus surgery is their next hope in finding relief.
Unfortunately, FESS is a major operation that requires tissue and
bone removal to open up blocked sinus passageways. Thanks to
Balloon SinuplastyTM, however, patients now have a minimally
invasive option, which means less bleeding and a reduced recovery
What is Balloon SinuplastyTM and how does it
Balloon SinuplastyTM is a new,
minimally invasive sinus procedure that allows doctors to treat
sufferers of chronic sinusitis. Doctors thread a guidewire into
the target sinus to confirm safe and accurate placement, and then
slide a tiny balloon over the guidewire into the nostrils and up
to the area of blockage. Then they inflate the balloon just
enough to open the passageway. The balloon is then deflated and
removed. An irrigation catheter is placed over the sinus guide
wire into the target sinus, which is then irrigated. Then the
irrigation catheter is removed, leaving the nasal passage open
and the sinus cleared of mucus, allowing the return of sinus
drainage. There is little to no disruption to the mucosal lining.
How do I find out if I should consider it?
Talk with your primary care physician, and then ask for a
referral to an otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat physician)
on the medical staff.