People with allergies or structural abnormalities in their sinuses that make it hard for the sinuses to drain may be familiar with common methods of trying to open up or loosen the content of the sinuses. Angelo Consiglio, MD, is a Florida-based physician who specializes in care of the heads and necks of adults. Dr. Angelo Consiglio frequently prescribes and performs balloon sinuplasty, a quick procedure that manually opens the sinuses.
Balloon sinuplasty is an outpatient procedure in which a physician inserts a balloon catheter (a thin tube with a tiny balloon on the end) into the sinus. The balloon is gently inflated in the sinus cavity. Saline solution is then sprayed into the sinus to clear out mucus. When the balloon catheter is removed, the sinus remains open, which means that the patient can breathe and circulate fluids easier than before.
Dr. Angelo Consiglio uses this technique on patients who have reoccurring sinus problems and would like permanent relief from their symptoms. Because this procedure removes no tissue and is overall quicker and less invasive than conventional surgeries, it greatly reduces recovery time and trauma to the body. Doctors at the Houston Sinus Center state that there should be little or no bleeding from the procedure, and that patients will immediately notice a difference in their breathing.