An ENT physician will use Balloon Sinuplasty devices to open the blockage that is preventing sinus drainage. The following picture summarizes the steps associated with using the Balloon Sinuplasty technology:
GAIN ACCESS TO THE SINUS
To gain initial sinus access, a sinus guide catheter is introduced into nasal cavity to target the sinus ostia under endoscopic visualization. A sinus guidewire or a sinus illumination system is introduced through the sinus guide catheter and gently advanced into the target sinus.
INFLATE BALLOON ACROSS OSTIUM
The sinus balloon catheter is introduced over the sinus guidewire or sinus illumination system and positioned across the blocked ostium. The position of the sinus balloon catheter is confirmed and the balloon is gradually inflated to open and remodel the narrowed or blocked ostium.
REMOVE BALLOON AND IRRIGATE SINUS
The sinus balloon catheter is then deflated and removed, leaving the ostium open. The sinus is then irrigated, flushing tenacious sinus contents.
The irrigation catheter is removed, leaving the sinus cleared of mucus allowing the restoration of sinus drainage. There is little to no disruption to the mucosal lining.