Balloon Sinuplasty – A Minimally Invasive Treatment for Sinus Problems

A board-certified allergist, Angelo Consiglio, MD, began practicing in the Chicago area more than 20 years ago. After moving to Key West, Florida, Dr. Angelo Consiglio continued his practice at Allergy Ear Nose & Throat, Inc. He recently began using a new procedure known as balloon sinuplasty or also known as balloon sinus dilation on patients suffering from sinus problems.

Based on a similar concept within the field of cardiology that uses balloons for dilating blocked heart arteries, balloon sinuplasty gently opens blocked sinus passages, helping them easily drain and release pressure. Before balloon sinuplasty, sinus surgery was the only way to opening sinus passages, and it involved the removal of bone and tissue, causing a good deal of trauma to the body.

Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure, and since it does not involve any cutting of tissue, many patients notice improvements within an hour and a half. The site is often slightly sore for a few days afterward, but the procedure is still a large improvement to traditional sinus surgery, which involved several weeks of pain and recovery. Rather than cutting tissue, the procedure simply dilates the tissues, providing more room for draining and reducing the amount of trauma.