Using BSP to Treat Chronic Sinusitis
Traditional sinus surgery (http://www.balloonsinuplasty.com/what-is-balloon-sinuplasty/procedure-overview) consists of cutting and removing skin, tissue, and bone in the nose and sinus. A less drastic treatment for chronic sinusitis has recently been developed and is called balloon sinuplasty.
BSP requires no removal of skin or cutting of bones to help keep a person’s sinuses healthy and free from infection. BSP, as it is sometimes called uses a catheter with an inflatable balloon at the end. The catheter is placed inside the nose and moved into the affected sinus area. When the catheter is inserted into the sinus, it opens blocked sinus passages. At that point, the sinus passages can drain the mucus buildup in individuals with chronic sinusitis and their symptoms are relieved.
The BSP procedure entails several steps, including:
1. The catheter with a balloon end is inserted into the infected or inflamed sinus cavity.
2. The balloon section of the catheter is inflated, creating a larger sinus opening.
3. Saline solution is sprayed into the inflamed sinus cavity. This solution of saline and water flushes out the pus and other debris in that sinus.
4. The sinus passageway remains open so the debris and pus can drain from the sinus cavity.
5. The sinus stays open after the balloon catheter is removed, improving the amount of air that the treated sinus can take in.
6. No tissue or bone is removed from the sinus. Its structural integrity remains solid, the airway is improved, and the sinus infection is treated.
7. The balloon catheter procedure is safe and effective.
Frequently Asked Questions about Balloon Sinuplasty
What is BSP?
BSP is the latest treatment for chronic sinusitis. BSP is effective and safe. It is proven to work and offers a quicker recovery time than do other types of sinus surgeries.
How is BSP safe and less invasive as compared to traditional types of sinus surgery?
When BSP is performed, no tissue or bone is cut. A balloon catheter opens the patient’s sinus passages and allows them to drain. More than 38,000 patients have undergone this treatment (http://www.balloonsinuplasty.com/what-is-balloon-sinuplasty) by their ear, nose and throat specialist.
How will I feel after BSP?
Many patients report a significant improvement in their sinus problem symptoms, according to a recent study.
Does it take a significant amount of time to recover from BSP?
Recovering from a BSP procedure takes much less time than does traditional sinus surgery, because there is no cutting and removing of bone and tissue involved in the process. Many patients report that they can return to work or school within two days.
Will I be awake for the surgery?
One of the reasons BSP patients quickly recover from their surgery is that they do not need anesthesia. In many cases, BSP can be done using local anesthetic in the ENTs office.
How do I find out if I am a candidate for BPS?
To discover more about BSP, contact the office of Dr. Joshua D. Pollack in Hackettstown NJ today. Dr. Pollack and his congenial staff helps their patients discover the reasons for their chronic sinusitis, and correct any health issue they find. If BPS is the right choice for treating a patient’s chronic sinusitis, he can perform the procedure and help end his patient’s battle with chronic, painful sinusitis.