Balloon Sinuplasty (BSP) is a safe and effective sinus procedure for chronic sinusitis patients seeking relief from uncomfortable sinus pain symptoms. Balloon Sinuplasty (BSP) uses a small, flexible, balloon catheter to open up blocked sinus passageways and facilitate drainage of the mucous that builds up in patients suffering from chronic sinusitis symptoms. When the sinus balloon is inflated, it restructures and widens the walls of the sinus passageway while maintaining the integrity of the sinus lining.

Published clinical data in the leading ENT journals shows that it is safe and effective: patients experienced no device-related adverse events and demonstrated statistically and clinically significant improvement in their sinusitis symptoms. Balloon Sinuplasty opens the inflamed sinuses in the same way that heart surgeons open up blocked arteries during balloon angioplasty. The procedure is less invasive than traditional sinus surgery, and equally effective at relieving symptoms of chronic sinusitis in most patients.

Balloon Sinuplasty allows patients to return to normal activities quickly. Unlike conventional sinus surgery, it does not include removal of bone or tissue from the nose.

Balloon Sinuplasty opens blocked sinus cavities in four easy steps.

Step 1: A soft flexible guide is inserted into the blocked sinus. Step 2: The balloon is advanced over the guidewire and is inflated to gently expand the sinus opening. Step 3: fluid is sprayed into the infected sinus to flush out pus and mucis. Step 4: the system is removed leaving the sinuses open. graphic provided by Acclarent

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Frequently Asked Questions About BSP


Can Balloon Sinuplasty be done under local anesthesia?

Yes, the procedure is performed in the office under local anesthesia, so there is often no need to go to an operating room or undergo general anesthesia.

How does the 3D navigation technology help?

The TruDi system is the first 3D navigation system used in sinus surgery. It is modeled after the most advanced technology used in minimally invasive heart procedures. The system provides flexible instrumentation that allows the surgeon to access complicated anatomy and provides substantial improvement in surgical accuracy, ensuring a faster, more precise, and safer experience for patients.

How is Balloon Sinuplasty safe and less invasive?

With Balloon Sinuplasty, there is no cutting of nasal bone or tissue. More than 535,000 patients suffering from chronic sinusitis symptoms have been treated by ear, nose and throat doctors using Balloon Sinuplasty.

How do patients feel after Balloon Sinuplasty?

In a study tracking patients 2 years following their Balloon Sinuplasty Sinus Surgery in the OR, most chronic sinusitis patients report clinically meaningful improvement in sinus symptoms and quality of life.

How long does recovery take after Balloon Sinuplasty?

While recovery time varies with each patient, recovery is typically fast. In a study of in-office balloon dilation, most patients returned to work and normal activity within 2 days.



What our patients say about after having the Balloon Sinuplasty procedure.

The procedure has made an enormous difference for me. I can now catch a cold from one of my kids and it doesn’t turn into a horrible sinus infection that lasts for weeks or even months.” - Kristen F.


I was suffering from chronic sinus pressure along with sinus infections several times per year, and I was dependent on daily sudafed for relief. Since my balloon procedure more than 2 years ago, I have only had one sinus infection and I have used sudafed only a handful of times.” - Jeff B.

This procedure changed by life. I can’t believe I waited until I was in my 60s to take care of this. The chronic pressure in my face is gone, and I am not congested anymore!” - Karen W.