Balloon Sinuplasty

Balloon Sinuplasty VideoThe concept of Balloon Sinuplasty comes from the field of cardiology where balloons have been used for years to gently dilate blocked heart arteries. In Sinuplasty, the goal is to open blocked sinus passages in order to allow the sinuses to drain freely. Prior to 2005, this was accomplished with traditional sinus surgery (Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery or FESS), in which sinus tissue and bone was removed to make the passages larger. In 2005, balloons were introduced as a way of dilating these sinus passages to enlarge the drainage pathways. Because the balloon is dilating tissue instead of removing it, the amount of trauma is greatly reduced. Balloon Sinuplasty has gained in popularity, with many of the procedures being performed in San Antonio.

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What are the advantages of Balloon Sinuplasty?

A FESS procedure is performed under general anesthesia and usually results in some post-operative discomfort and bleeding. Recovery time is normally several days but can last much longer.

Alternatively, Balloon Sinuplasty performed in San Antonio is a simple and quick endoscopic procedure that opens/reshapes the sinus passages without tissue removal. Balloon Sinuplasty offers a much quicker recovery with less pain and bleeding since no tissue is removed. No packing is needed after surgery. Patients may only need mild sedation for the procedure and recovery time is only 1-2 days with many patients resuming normal activity within hours. In some cases Balloon Sinuplasty can be done in the office.

Dr. Atkins' experience with Balloon Sinuplasty

Dr. Atkins was one of the first sinus surgeons in the country to be trained on Balloon Sinuplasty when the procedure was introduced by Acclarent™ in 2005.

In 2006, Dr. Atkins became a lead consultant for another balloon company, Entellus Medical®. In September 2007, after working with Entellus for a year in product design and development, Dr. Atkins performed the first FinESS™ ever done. FinESS™ is an alternative to some of the original Sinuplasty procedures. To date, he has performed more FinESS procedures than any doctor in the country, all from his practice in San Antonio, Texas. He remains active in Balloon Sinuplasty product development and clinical research and is considered a thought leader in this growing field of Balloon Sinuplasty.

Dr. Atkins utilizes both Sinuplasty technologies available today, depending on the type of sinus disease.