What Is a Balloon Sinuplasty?

Dr. Angelo Consiglio currently serves as an assistant professor of otolaryngology at Florida International University. Dr. Angelo Consiglio, who earned his MD at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago, has completed training in the latest sinus procedure, balloon sinus dilation.

Balloon sinus dilation, also known as balloon sinuplasty, is a procedure that alleviates blockages and other sinus issues with little to no harmful side effects when compared to alternative methods, which often involve incisions or removal of tissue and bone. During the procedure a small and flexible balloon catheter is slipped into the patient’s nasal passage and moved toward the affected sinus. Once the catheter has been positioned correctly, the performing doctor will gradually inflate the balloon; this allows the sinus opening to widen without structural damage. The balloon then sprays a saline solution into the sinus in order to remove any mucus or fluids that have built up and caused the blockage. Finally, the catheter is deflated and removed, leaving the sinus clean and clear.