Central Maine Medical Center’s ENT Head & Neck Services Include Innovative, Successful Balloon Sinuplasty™ Procedure

The ENT specialists at Central Maine Medical Center are always implementing the best and most effective treatment for patients. This includes Balloon Sinuplasty,™ a fairly new procedure for patients suffering from chronic sinusitis, a common health issue affecting millions of Americans.

Chronic sinusitis occurs when sinus passages become constricted, which can cause a wide spectrum of symptoms. They may include:

  • Facial pain and/or pressure, including tooth pain
  • Constant congestion, including a yellow or green nasal mucous discharge
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Fatigue

Some of the symptoms are due to the lack of oxygen being inhaled.

Traditionally, patients have been treated first with antibiotics or steroids. Unfortunately, these treatments are only successful about half the time. If they don’t work, doctors might recommend Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS). FESS is a major surgery that involves removal of tissue and bone. It also has a success rate of slightly more than 50 percent.

Fortunately, with Balloon Sinuplasty™, healthcare researchers now have an easier, more successful procedure. This minimally invasive procedure involves technology similar to that of an angioplasty; the doctor inserts a balloon into the sinus cavity using a catheter. The balloon will then widen the passageways, (in most cases without needing to remove bone or tissue previously). The procedure does not require general anesthesia. Follow-up studies done two years after surgery show that 85% of patients who received the surgery have full functionality.

Not only is the surgery more successful, it is also less expensive, it is not painful, and patients recover faster (usually within two days).

For more informaiton, ask your healthcare provider about Balloon Sinuplasty™.