A Brief Overview of Balloon Sinuplasty

Angelo Consiglio, MD, is an ear, nose, and throat physician based out of Key West, Florida. He specializes in treating sinusitis and other nasal infections with the balloon sinus dilation procedure. Dr. Angelo Consiglio formerly provided these services to patients in St. Charles, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.

Balloon sinus dilation, also known as balloon sinuplasty, is a relatively new sinusitis-relief procedure that marks a departure from older techniques that resulted in the unwanted destruction of nasal tissue. The balloon sinus dilation procedure begins with the application of a local anesthetic. The physician then uses an X-ray image to locate the appropriate sinus and begins to thread a catheter along the nasal passage. The catheter is followed by a small, deflated balloon that gently enters the nasal cavity. Upon reaching the afflicted sinus lining, the balloon is manually inflated. As the balloon inflates, the sinus opens and begins to drain mucus. As the procedure requires no internal or external incisions, patients can return to their home the same day and resume all normal activities within 24 hours.