Outpatient Balloon Sinus Dilation Allows Patients to Heal Quickly

In 2013, Angelo Consiglio, MD, became an assistant professor of otolaryngology for Florida International University. Prior to this, he was owner of Allergy, Ear, Nose & Throat, Ltd., in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. Recently, Dr. Angelo Consiglio presented lectures in Key West, Florida, to nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and primary care physicians on the latest advancements in balloon sinus dilation.

Sinus infections typically develop in the forehead, cheeks, or between the eyes. In a healthy person, mucus drains from the sinuses to the nose. From there, it travels down the back of the throat. Those dealing with sinusitis have inflamed or infected sinus linings. Symptoms include nasal congestion, cough, fatigue, runny nose, and post-nasal drainage. The Centers for Disease Control estimate that 32 million people deal with chronic sinusitis.

Doctors performing traditional functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) remove tissues around the sinus openings. With balloon sinus dilation, the doctor moves the bone and lining within the nose to open the sinuses but does not remove tissue. This surgery allows for a quicker recovery time since it is a same-day surgery. Typically, patients go home the same day.