The 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.
What are the advantages of Balloon Sinuplasty?
Balloon Sinuplasty is a simple and quick endoscopic procedure that opens/reshapes the sinus passages without tissue removal. Balloon Sinuplasty offers a much quicker recovery with little or bleeding. No packing is needed after surgery. The procedure is done in the office and most patients can return to work the next day. Click here to see the latest study on the effectiveness of this procedure.
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.