Balloon sinuplasty procedure, which is being done for 10 years with success for the treatment of sinusitis disease, provided ease for the sinusitis operations and comfort for patients.
So, what is the reason that it became so popular? The answer of this is the complex structure of the sinus. Physiologically, the sinus has continuity inside the nose. Usually through a hole or a tight mucosa passage it flows inside the nose. The mucosa inside the nose and the mucosa inside the sinus are the same. Any disease that affects the upper respiratory system also affects the entire coating which covers the sinus as well. The affected mucosa swells with infection at first and then the hole which flows inside the nose is obstructed. Sinus cavity cannot reach the air. This situation causes sinusitis. Constant obstruction of these holes and the addition of the swelling of the mucosa cause a problem which we call chronic sinusitis, a disease that usually requires surgical intervention for treatment.
When surgery is considered, significant improvements have been made for the surgery of the sinus as well, a part of our body that neighbors important tissues. Now, all of the sinus operations are done endoscopically. This method not only provides a better view of the complex surgical area but also preserve the functionality of the sinus as well by causing fewer surgical resections. Balloon technique has taken its place as an advanced step of endoscopic nasal surgery. It’s an especially indispensable method for the frontal sinus operations. For the clearing of other sinuses, alternative methods do exist thanks to the endoscopy but for the frontal sinus balloon sinuplasty is the only option. This sinus inside the forehead has a difficult nasal passage to reach, and balloon method shortens the length of the procedure and makes the irrigation (cleansing of the cavity with antibiotic liquid) procedure possible at the same time.
You can watch the video here, in which I describe balloon sinuplasty in detail.